As reported on MarketWatch today, Cigna Insurance is excusing its decision to deny a liver transplant that resulted in the death of a California teen.
Cigna went to “two independent experts in the field who agreed that the procedure in question, given the patient’s particular circumstances, would not have been an effective or appropriate treatment,” Cigna HealthCare President David Cordani and Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Kang said in the statement.
Doctors from the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center urged Cigna to enable the transplant.
Media reports say the Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos, representing the family of Nataline Sarkisyan, said he would sue the Philadelphia insurer and would ask the district attorney to press criminal charges as well.
I support criminal penalties for insurance executives like Cigna HealthCare President David Cordani and Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Kang whose decisions are responsible for the death of innocent health care patients.