Natalie Blanchard Loses Health Insurance For Not Appearing Depressed On Facebook Pictures

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Above is a picture of Quebec resident Natalie Blanchard. She lost her insurance benefits because of the above photo and several other photos that were on Facebook. Blanchard was on a long-term disability for 18 months because of a depression diagnosis. Her insurance company ruled that she was no longer depressed because she did not appear to be that way on her Facebook status messages and photos.

One of her Facebook status messages said that she had climbed a mountain recently. She was collecting the benefits because a psychologist said that she should take time off from her job at IBM.

Some of the other pictures showed Blanchard at bars, beaches, and male strip shows. But Blanchard said that she was at those events after her insurance company stopped paying her. Manulife disagreed about that. Blanchard and her lawyer will be suing Manulife in the near future as the result of what she believes to be a violation of privacy.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Natalie Blanchard Loses Health Insurance For Not Appearing Depressed On Facebook Pictures Comments

  1. Justin Gaba says:

    what a stupid insurance company…If you are dealing with depression Who the F would show pictures of them looking depressed…everybody knows people only show what they want people to see on facebook

  2. lofa says:

    I've read several news articles and researched for additional details before coming to a conclusion.

    I'm sorry to say this, but it sounds like to me that this woman is just lazy. Anyone who really had a depression [or other mental] problem would NOT be posting photos on facebook, much less continuing to post photos on facebook. This whole “I have a depression problem” is just one that ANYONE can fake.

    Now as for the argument of how facebook profiles should have been locked and private… there is NO such thing as keeping things “safe” and locked on the net. ANYTHING that gets posted or sent [yes that includes EMAIL] through the net STAYS on the net. I've known this simple FACT for years.

    As for the insurance company being “in the wrong” to snoop and discontinue her benefits… I'm sorry, but they have every right to know if someone is handing them a line a sh!t just to get free money out of the deal. There ARE people out there who REALLY do need and deserve to have health insurance, but don't get it because of individuals like this woman who make it bad for everyone else. I commend the insurance company for buckling down and I wish that other leeching individuals would get caught and cut off too.

    Bottom line: it doesn't pay to be a thief, liar, lazy, money moocher. Let this be a lesson for anyone who thinks it's ok to suck on the system while others pay their hard earned money for it. IBM would be wise to not allow the woman to come back to the job. Instead, they should tell her to take a hike, as this story I'm sure will have some sort of bad reflection on the corporation. If this woman is capable of going to a beach weekly and capable of going to night clubs to see male dancers, then she's most certainly capable of working a normal job like a normal human being.

    Don't feel sorry for con artists. They're good at sucking people dry of their money.

  3. lofa says:

    I've read several news articles and researched for additional details before coming to a conclusion.I'm sorry to say this, but it sounds like to me that this woman is just lazy. Anyone who really had a depression [or other mental] problem would NOT be posting photos on facebook, much less continuing to post photos on facebook. This whole "I have a depression problem" is just one that ANYONE can fake.Now as for the argument of how facebook profiles should have been locked and private… there is NO such thing as keeping things "safe" and locked on the net. ANYTHING that gets posted or sent [yes that includes EMAIL] through the net STAYS on the net. I've known this simple FACT for years.As for the insurance company being "in the wrong" to snoop and discontinue her benefits… I'm sorry, but they have every right to know if someone is handing them a line a sh!t just to get free money out of the deal. There ARE people out there who REALLY do need and deserve to have health insurance, but don't get it because of individuals like this woman who make it bad for everyone else. I commend the insurance company for buckling down and I wish that other leeching individuals would get caught and cut off too.Bottom line: it doesn't pay to be a thief, liar, lazy, money moocher. Let this be a lesson for anyone who thinks it's ok to suck on the system while others pay their hard earned money for it. IBM would be wise to not allow the woman to come back to the job. Instead, they should tell her to take a hike, as this story I'm sure will have some sort of bad reflection on the corporation. If this woman is capable of going to a beach weekly and capable of going to night clubs to see male dancers, then she's most certainly capable of working a normal job like a normal human being.Don't feel sorry for con artists. They're good at sucking people dry of their money.

    • tgs says:

      Wow! you should open up a practice or something, seeing as you have the ability to diagnose mental illness or lack thereof by just reading stories on the internet. You are effing amazing!!

  4. jane says:

    good…she should have to repay all the money

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