IGF chair Boyer seeks crowdfunding for cancer treatment

Brandon Boyer turns to the crowd for help with escalating medical costs

Brandon Boyer, the chairman of the Independent Games Festival, is raising money to help with the spiralling cost of his cancer treatment.

Boyer, who was appointed chairman of the IGF in 2010, was diagnosed with cancer in August last year. Initially, Boyer believed his health insurance policy - taken out shortly before his diagnosis - would cover the bulk of his medical costs.

"It wasn't until early this year that I dug further and realised what was actually happening: Humana [Boyer's insurance company] had decided at the end of the year to deny all of my claims and left me with a hundred-thousand dollars worth of bills."

The grounds for the denial of Boyer's insurance claim - his admission that he had suffered minor stomach aches prior to seeking medical help when the problem worsened - have since been addressed with the new Health Insurance Marketplace. However, his initial diagnosis fell five months before the the January 2014 start-date, so Boyer has found himself a victim of the small-print of his insurance policy.

"I had the misfortune of being self-employed and sick in America in 2013," he said.

So far, Boyer's GoFundMe page has received $77,000 in donations. To do the same, follow the link.

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Renaud Charpentier Game Director, The Creative Assembly3 years ago
My god, that is the reason to keep fighting and yes, paying a lot, for a real public health service like NHS or the excellent French social security. This is where the attempt to limit and dismantle them will lead: fine prints for all and death for the poor. This is revolting, unacceptable in our "human rights enforcing" western world. Charity should not be needed in a fair nation, it is the nation, in the name of the interest of the majority, that must force everyone, including the ultra rich, to contribute to the common good. Revolution! <chain the French, he is reaching for his gun already>
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Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital3 years ago
I agree this is completely unacceptable. How exactly does it work in the US? Do you always get the treatment you need, but may need to pay all the bills afterwards, or is it possible that because the insurance company denies your insurance claims, you may get no treatment (or insufficient treatment) at all?
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Gareth Donaghey Customer Support Agent, Blizzard Entertainment3 years ago

Reminds me of this clip. The US healthcare markups makes mafia extortion seem amateurish.
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee3 years ago
With an economy the size of the next three countries put together (that is China, Japan and Germany), its a travesty to see that the money hasn't filtered back into providing a solid healthcare frame-work for all US citizens.

I guess this is nothing new but Brandon's case really does highlight the problem. On that note, Get Well Soon.
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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online3 years ago
The good thing is that since the start of the ACA this year - which some politicians wanted to postpone - cases like these aren't really the norm anymore. Anybody falling ill in 2014 will have coverage for this, this is something that Brandon alluded to as well.
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