Brain injury patient Ellie Cizek fights for time and money

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 13, 2013 - 7:27 AM

Insurance limits often cut off therapy in the middle of recovery for patients such as Ellie Cizek, 20, of St. Paul.

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fatredneckAug. 12, 13 9:59 PM

Insurance has turned downright evil for its limitations on coverage. Not to mention the monopoly on power its created by inflating non-insurance costs sky-high. It should be up to the doctors to determine the care given to someone in need, not a large corporation with preset limits to save money and increase profit.

zkat5zugAug. 12, 1311:09 PM

Be careful what you wish for. Claiming that insurance companies should play fair and pay for full treatments, and allow doctors to perform proper treatments is treading close to that evil concept of Obamacare. Even though this is the kind of thing President Obama is trying to end, we surely can't have some Socialist president taking away American corporation's right to put the screws to us at every turn.

shorty12bAug. 12, 1311:11 PM

I understand the family's reluctance to name the insurance company, but I believe the insurance company should be named so that others don't run into the same problem with lack of coverage. Insurance companies are great at saying how community oriented they are and that they cover you when you need help, but the real proof is in the way they work the fine print in their favor to limit or deny coverage.

chuckdancerAug. 12, 1311:15 PM

Americans much prefer to have their health care rationed by private, unelected, unaccountable insurance company bureaucrats than to ever allow government bureaucrats do it.

simplicity1Aug. 13, 13 1:08 AM

More for her is less for someone else... Contrary to what Obama says, there is not a money tree in Washington or St. Paul.

simplicity1Aug. 13, 13 1:13 AM

Insurance company profits are fairly small... however the executives of said companies are WAY overpaid... thus profits are small. If we make executive pay 3 times the average pay of the company, with no other perks-options-bonus-etc. They will all quit! Which will be the best thing ever happened to most companies. Someone who cares about the company and the client will take the jobs and we will be able to trust the companies again.

DufferHAug. 13, 13 1:17 AM

Don't be naive. There are no measures in Obamacare that would cover this kind of treatment. Nothing in the plan says that insurance should pay for all treatment.

elementxAug. 13, 13 2:47 AM

If doctors and treatment wasn't so expensive then maybe insurance companies would actually cover long term issues. When you go to the hospital and they charge you $6 for an aspirin you have to wonder exactly what is going on.

redkayakAug. 13, 13 6:28 AM

I wonder if the insuance company turned down all therapy or just this specific clinic.

athe0007Aug. 13, 13 7:39 AM

I have had problems with health insurance companies, but without knowing more specifics about this unfortunate woman's condition it's hard to make a judgement. As an avid skier I am disappointed that the author didn't take the opportunity to make the slightest mention of the dangers of not wearing a helmet while skiing. I don't want to see more people in the same situation.


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