Linda Peeno

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Who is Linda Peeno?

Linda Peeno is an American physician, ethicist, and lecturer known for being a whistleblower for the American managed healthcare industry.

Following employment as a medical reviewer for Humana and medical director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health Plans, she became a critic of how U.S. HMOs drive profits through denial of care.

On May 30, 1996, Peeno testified before Congress as to the downside of managed care.

In the 2002 Showtime docudrama Damaged Care, Laura Dern portrayed Peeno as she transitioned from health care industry employee to whistleblower. In 2007, Peeno was prominently featured in the Michael Moore movie Sicko, which included portions of her May 1996 appearance before Congress.

On June 28, 2007, in a statement about Sicko, Humana declared that Peeno was never a Humana "associate", but rather a "part-time contractor". Humana also disputed the portions of Congressional testimony that were shown by saying that because the patient's specific healthcare plan didn't cover heart transplants, the denial of coverage was valid.

Dr. Peeno is now a teacher at Spencerian College in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • United States of America
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Lived in
  • Louisville

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on July 23, 2013

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