Navigation Links
Life Denied: California Nurses, Family of Sick Teen March on Health Insurance Company Thursday
Date:12/20/2007

17-year-old girl needs liver transplant, CIGNA denies

GLENDALE, Calif., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Registered nurses, family and concerned community members will march on the corporate offices of health insurance giant CIGNA in Glendale this Thursday to protest the company's denial of a life-saving liver transplant for 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee announced today. The nurses will accompany the family and demand that CIGNA approve the transplant. In addition, the family and the nurses are urgently appealing to the public to call CIGNA at 818-500-6262 and demand they provide the care Nataline needs.

What: March on CIGNA

When: Thursday, Dec. 20, 11:00 am

Where: CIGNA Headquarters, Glendale

400 N Brand Blvd, St. 400, Glendale, CA 91203

"My daughter survived two bouts of cancer, and against all odds has been stable even with so many of her organs not working, only to now be told that she can not get the only treatment that will save her life because some administrator in some office thinks it is too expensive," said Hilda Sarkisyan. "We needed help in standing up against this insurance provider, and of course it was the nurses who stepped forward."

Nataline, recently treated at UCLA Medical Center with a bone marrow transplant for a recurring leukemia, developed a rare complication from the chemotherapy and transplant causing many of her organs, including her liver and kidneys to shut down. She is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit and multiple doctors have told the family that her only hope of survival is a liver transplant. Medically speaking, her doctors say that she is ready for the transplant. They also believe that her other organs will recover on their own if the liver is transplanted. CIGNA has ignored this medical decision and calls the transplant "experimental" as justification for denying the treatment.

CIGNA's refusal of Nataline's liver transplant-overruling the urgent appeals of an array of doctors and nurses-is an example of the kind of failures of the new healthcare plan sponsored by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fabian Nunez. That plan, which is actively supported by CIGNA, requires every single Californian to purchase insurance products from companies like CIGNA, but does not address the problem of denial of care evident in this situation.

CNA/NNOC is the nation's largest and fastest-growing union of direct-care RNs, with some 75,000 members in all 50 states.


'/>"/>
SOURCE California Nurses Association
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Wildlife Sightings on the Rise in California
2. AARP Poll: California Members Want Health Care Reform THIS YEAR
3. Author Kris Carr to Sign Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips at Two Borders(R) Stores in California
4. Hundreds of RNs from Across U.S. and World to Join California Nurses Association/NNOC National Convention
5. Karen Vigil Named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Shield of Californias Individual, Small Group, and Government Business Unit
6. NNN Healthcare/Office REIT Acquires St. Mary Physicians Center in Long Beach, California
7. Eight Graduate Nursing Students Selected to Receive The California Endowment-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship
8. Blue Shield of California Names Vincent Coppola Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
9. Race Against Pain Coming to California
10. Blue Cross of California and the California Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Launch Live Like a Champion Tour
11. Unions File Charges Against Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Three Northern California Hospitals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/24/2017)... , ... July 24, 2017 , ... SignatureCare Emergency ... will be awarded for the fall semester to a deserving student. Get your ... Spring 2017 scholarship was awarded to Mariana Castillo who is a nursing student at ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... , ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... Oakland, California effectively destroyed the construction site and threatened numerous homes and businesses ... 7th article on NBCLosAngeles.com. Los Angeles Area consulting firm Fire Protection ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Axiad IDS , a leading provider of ... with WALLIX to expand its solution to help government contractors more quickly ... number of ways to address the authentication requirements within NIST SP800-171, but no ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Puregraft, the global leader in ... of United States Patent Number 9,695,398 (the '398 patent) and South Korean Patent ... and '324 patents cover methods and systems for optimizing fat grafts for current ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... A new report ... on delivering end-to-end sleep health care at scale, indicates record-breaking adherence results for ... rates for positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, the most widely utilized treatment for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/6/2017)... 2017 ThriveRx, the nutrition division of Diplomat Specialty Infusion Group, ... on nutrition support. To celebrate its anniversary, ThriveRx recently launched ... fresh new look with improved organization to create the best user experience ... ... "We,ve made several great ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... company of over 2,000 employees and a leader in environmental and life science ... their position as the top American owned and operated environmental testing firm in ... ... ... , enhances Pace Analytical,s capability as an innovative full service provider in ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... 30, 2017 In vitro diagnostics market firm ... May, at least ten diagnostic companies have successfully completed ... offerings and a loan facility.  The size of these ... million.  Kalorama Information provides a monthly IVD Market ... Knowledge Center. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: