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Date:12/23/2007

1, four leading physicians, including the surgical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at UCLA, wrote to CIGNA urging the company to reverse its denial. The physicians said that Nataline, "currently meets criteria to be listed as Status 1A" for a transplant. They also challenged CIGNA's denial which the company said occurred because their benefit plan "does not cover experimental, investigational and unproven services," to which the doctors replied, "Nataline's case is in fact none of the above." On Thursday, CIGNA was bombarded with phone calls organized online to its offices across the country, while a rally sponsored by CNA/NNOC, with the substantial help of the local Armenian community, drew 150 people to the Glendale offices of CIGNA -- all of which produced the turnaround by CIGNA to finally reverse its prior denial of care. It was a genuine patient revolt.

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


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