How to negotiate for lower medical bills if you are uninsured or underinsured: Reddit

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How to negotiate for lower medical bills if you are uninsured or underinsured: Reddit

I noticed this piece on Reddit, and found it intriguing. I wrote to the author, who gave us permission to reproduce it here. Hey everyone, I used to work in medical billing/finance and have a pretty good understanding of how the billing system works. I have successfully used this knowledge to negotiate my medical bills, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re updating as warranted.) Coronavirus (COVID 19) testing is making headlines nationwide. Amid a flood of reports of people being charged high prices for testing, or being unable to find testing, there’s a need for reliable information (for a database of test sites, […]

Chronic illness and health insurance after age 26 (no guarantees): Teen Vogue

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Chronic illness and health insurance after age 26 (no guarantees): Teen Vogue

“Gracie Van Brunt hasn’t left her house in seven months and won’t for five more,” Fortesa Latifi writes over at Teen Vogue. “In those five months, she will recover from a bone marrow transplant, turn 26, and be kicked off her parents’ health insurance plan. Ever since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in […]

Coronavirus test for Miami man leads to $3,275 bill: The Miami Herald

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Coronavirus test for Miami man leads to $3,275 bill: The Miami Herald

“After returning to Miami last month from a work trip in China, Osmel Martinez Azcue found himself in a frightening position: he was developing flu-like symptoms, just as coronavirus was ravaging the country he had visited,” Ben Conarck writes for The Miami Herald. “Under normal circumstances, Azcue said he would have gone to CVS for […]

Employer spending up, due to growth in service prices: HCCI

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Employer spending up, due to growth in service prices: HCCI

HCCI’s annual reports examine year-over-year and 5-year cumulative trends in health care spending for individuals with employer-sponsored insurance, segmented by health care service category. Downloadable tables and interactive tools allow for further exploration of the data that power these reports. This year’s report found that average annual health care spending for people with employer-sponsored insurance […]

Who’s profiting from your outrageous medical bills? — The New York Times

Who’s profiting from your outrageous medical bills? — The New York Times

“Every politician condemns the phenomenon of ‘surprise’ medical bills. This week, two committees in the House are marking up new surprise billing legislation,” Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times. “One of the few policy proposals President Trump brought up in this year’s State of the Union address was his 2019 executive order targeting […]

Patients stuck with bills after insurers don’t pay as promised: Kaiser Health News

Patients stuck with bills after insurers don’t pay as promised:  Kaiser Health News

“The more than $34,000 in medical bills that contributed to Darla and Andy Markley’s bankruptcy and loss of their home in Beloit, Wisconsin, grew out of what felt like a broken promise,” Lauren Weber writes at Kaiser Health News. “Darla Markley, 53, said her insurer had sent her a letter preapproving her to have a […]

Visits to primary care providers drop sharply as costs rise: NPR

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Visits to primary care providers drop sharply as costs rise: NPR

“Efforts across the U.S. in recent years to encourage medical students, nurse practitioners and others to go into primary care, especially in underserved areas, are built on a consensus in research: Primary care is good for patients,” Etelena Renken writes for NPR. “‘It’s the foundation of the health care system,’ says Dr. Ishani Ganguli, Harvard […]

The public health legacy of slavery: The Baltimore Sun

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The public health legacy of slavery: The Baltimore Sun

“It has been 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in the British colonies, yet the bodies of many Americans today are still marked by the effects of that horrible institution,” Lisa A. Cooper and Jeremy Greene write in The Baltimore Sun. “Across the nation, African American adults have death rates from heart disease […]