Photojournalist fights CIGNA insurance

August 18, 2009

Here’s a heartbreaking reason to fight for health care reform, and I hope you will pass this along like I am:

Steve Coddington is a photojournalist for The St. Petersburg Times. He’s fighting CIGNA to get appropriate care for his wife, who had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. CIGNA, of course, is foiling him in every way, and now Coddington’s wife is getting no care. He’s on leave, taking care of his wife and children. Their money is running out.

If you have the ability to donate or to pass his story on, please go to


  1. UPDATE: I am the author of the blog about Steve. Thank you so much for giving his story space here! We will be posting a more complete update to the blog this weekend, but I wanted to let you know that we have raised over $8,000.00 so far. We have a long way to go, but we are so thankful for the help we have gotten from the blogosphere! Please keep telling people about Steve and his family and keep following the blog for updates: We hope to have some very exciting news early in the week! Email me of you have any questions: You can also follow us on twitter now: And, above all, THANK YOU. How could we ever express our gratitude for the kindness and generosity of so many people?

  2. UPDATE: Because of people like you who have been willing to share Steve’s struggle with others, we have raised nearly $20,000.00 for Marian Coddington’s desperately needed therapy. We are deeply grateful for all of the support you have already given Steve and Marian.

    Our greatest hurdle has been reaching as many people as we can to help raise the money Steve needs to get Marian the intensive therapies she requires to recover as completely as possible. Marian CAN recover. She is not a vegetable. She is there, trapped in a body she cannot control. But she is in there.

    Today, a short video was released by Brave New Films that features Steve and Marian’s story. We appeal to you, once again, to help us. Please, go to the blog (, watch the video and pass it along to anyone you think might be willing to help. We are already so thankful for the hundreds of people who have gotten us this far. We just haven’t gone far enough yet. But we will. And you can count on it.

    PLEASE, tell your Facebook friends about Steve, twitter it out to all your tweeps, share it with your coworkers, but keep telling his story.

    Thank you.

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