Cigna's Health Insurance Coverage Too Late For California Teen

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After massive protests Cigna finally approved health insurance coverage for California teen Nataline Sarkisyan, but due to the health insurance coverage delay Natalee died in the hospital.

Cigna health insurance provider's coverage approval was only few hours before Nataline Sarkisyan, 17, died in the hospital.

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CNA/NNOC-Sponsored Protest Sparks Flood of Calls from Across U.S.

In a stunning turn around, insurance giant CIGNA has capitulated to community demands, and protests that the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee helped to generate, and agreed to a critically needed liver transplant for Nataline Sarkisyan, a 17-year-old girl in the intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center.

A national web of friends and family of Nataline, CNA/NNOC registered nurses, doctors, members of the Armenian community, healthcare advocates, and netroots supporters pitched in on an unprecedented national day of action on Nataline's behalf.

The centerpiece of the protests was an impassioned rally today sponsored by CNA/NNOC with the substantial help of the local Armenian community that drew 150 people to the Glendale offices of CIGNA. Hundreds of phone callers clogged the lines of CIGNA offices around the country, all demanding that CIGNA reverse its prior denial of care.

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