In another tragic example of how perverted the American health system really is, Cigna Insurance is being sued by the parents of a California teen who was denied coverage for a medically authorized liver transplant.

The parents of 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan were at first told there was no coverage for the operation despite doctors at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) medical centre deciding that she needed the transplant.

A letter had been sent to insurer Cigna on 11 December but the firm said the treatment was “experimental” and was thus not covered by the family’s policy.

The decision triggered a week of strong protests outside the company office in Glendale, California, with nurses joining friends and family. Hundreds of callers jammed the company’s switchboard demanding it take action.

On Thursday, Cigna changed its mind, saying it would pay for the operation after all. But hours later Nataline, who was in a coma, was pronounced dead.

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For some of my previous posts about health care and the efforts to offer universal health care coverage in the U.S., please read the following:

Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Reform, Part Two
Who Killed Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Reform?
Are Only the Insured Against Health Care Reform?