AETNA CEO Mark T. Bertolini says his insurance company will cover “every last penny” of Cancer patient Arijit Guha’s medical treatment.
The 31-year-old Arizona State University doctoral student was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer last year and, despite paying $400 a month for a student health-insurance plan, his $300,000 lifetime cap money had run out.
When Guha tweeted the insurance company CEO with his request for help, he did not expect a response, let alone a gift that would change his life.
“The system is broken, and I am committed to fixing it,” Bertolini tweeted in regards to the U.S. health structure.
According to Inside Higher Ed, under Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act the United States has done away with lifetime caps that prevent the insured from receiving further financial coverage, yet this part of the plan has not been phased in for colleges yet.
Guha told ABCNews.com, “I am incredibly pleased and in shell shock and trying to figure out what just happened. It’s a huge relief.”
ABC also reported that Guha has been raising money himself through his personal website, where he made over $120,000 through his "Poop Strong" campaign, a play on Lance Armstrong's Livestrong wristbands, where Guha sells merchandise such as T-Shirts.
Currently in remission, the Arizona Republic says Guha plans to donate the money made through his website campaign to cancer charities.