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Justice, Finally, For Stricken Washington Post Reporter

Tuesday 5 June 2018


From Poynter:


Brian Vastag
During healthier times. Brian Vastag in July 2011,
at the Continental Divide.
(Courtesy Brian Vastag)

Justice, finally, for stricken Washington Post reporter

By David Beard
June 4, 2018
© All Rights Reserved Poynter Institute 2018

He worked for the richest man in the world. He was an energetic hiker and lover of the outdoors — and a hard-charging science writer for The Washington Post (where we worked together).

In 2012, Brian Vastag was felled by a fever. He’s never recovered. The science reporter was stricken by what he calls “the most forlorn of orphan illnesses” — myalgic encephalomyelitis, or "painful inflammation of the brain and spine." It’s commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a vague and misunderstood condition.

The insurance company dropped Vastag’s short-term disability and denied his bid for long-term disability. Last week, a federal judge ordered Prudential to pay up, in a decision that offered hope to those with ME. The judge was appalled that Prudential produced “experts” who counseled “working through” the illness, which is known to make it worse. Here’s the ruling.


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