It is a way of getting it out that your health insurance will not pay for an effective treatment to cover your vomiting disorder.
Sandy Honig, known for her role as writer and actor on the Adult Swim show “Three Busy Debras,” filmed herself vomiting repeatedly outside an Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield headquarters in Los Angeles to fight the company’s decision not to cover a treatment that could work for her gastroparesis.
She posted the video to YouTube, along with this explainer (and a trigger warning for vomiting): “I’ve been struggling with a stomach condition called gastroparesis, which makes me throw up almost everything I eat. My insurance denied coverage for a procedure, so I went to their office to appeal their decision.”;
According to Buzzfeed, which published the story, one treatment option is a Botox injection into the pyloric sphincter, the muscle that connects the stomach to the small intestine, which Anthem denied.
Buzzfeed reported that the response to her activism is that Los Angeles police arrived at her home for a psychiatric well-being check, “because, she said, Anthem called them.”
An Anthem spokesperson went on to tell Buzzfeed, “Our clinical team has carefully reviewed her case and our medical policy, and the existing medical evidence does not support the treatment she is requesting for her condition.”