Arijit Guha, a graduate student, learned he had Stage IV colon cancer. He then learned that his insurance company would place restrictions on paying for his cancertreatments was almost as gut-wrenching. Guha had a policy for which he paid $400 a month out of pocket, but Aetna had an annual ceiling on pay-outs. He had exhausted the lifetime $300,000 limit after surgery and chemotherapy, Even though the Affordable Healthcare Act has eliminated lifetime limits, until Aug. 1 that did not include student health plans. Guha turned to Twitter and other social media to make his case, one that affects millions of Americans who face staggering medical bills.
Last week, Aetna CEO Mark T. Bertolini, a former paramedic who has had his own share of medical crises, tweeted directly with Guha and agreed to pay “every last penny” of his bills.
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