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How to Help End Michigan’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

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According to Bridge Michigan, women giving birth today are 50 percent more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than their mothers were. For Black mothers, the risk is 3 or 4 times higher. Fortunately, the American Rescue Plan includes a life-saving provision that allows states to extend postpartum Medicaid...

Colorado Pays Hospitals To Shut Down Free-Standing ERs

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Colorado is taking dramatic measures to shut down free-standing emergency rooms. According to a report in Kaiser Health News, the state is offering to pay hospitals to convert free-standing ERs into facilities for more pressing health care needs, like primary care or mental health services. The move is part...

Michigan Working To Reduce Overall Infant Mortality And Racial Disparities

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According to MLive, Michigan’s infant mortality rate is now 6.4 per 1,000 live births, which is the lowest rate in the state’s history. This includes the death of any infant before their first birthday, including by birth defects, pregnancy complications and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, Black infants...

Language Barrier Drove Disparities for COVID Patients at Boston Hospital

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At one Boston hospital, patients who didn’t speak English had a 35 percent greater chance of dying from coronavirus during the initial weeks of the pandemic,  according to NPR. The team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that there was no difference in risk of death from...

New Changes To Telehealth And Medicaid Expansion Policies Coming To Montana

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According to Kaiser Health News, there are at least five substantial changes to health care in Montana coming out of the recently ended legislative session. One significant change is telehealth will become a permanent fixture of health care in Montana. New legislation redefines telehealth to include nonclinical health services...

Nevada Bill Would Rein In Excessive Drug Costs For Chronically Ill Patients

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According to The Las Vegas Sun, Nevada legislators have brought forward a bill that would protect the chronically ill from exorbitant costs by requiring insurers to apply drug coupons towards the patient’s deductible. Many Americans, particularly those with chronic conditions, rely on coupons to help them afford their care....

Nevada Has Less Than Half Of The Nation’s Average For Mental Health Resources

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According to The Nevada Current, Nevada would have to more than double its current number of psychologists and psychiatrists just to meet the nation’s average. Whereas there are 30 psychologists and 15.6 psychiatrists per 100,000 residents on average across the United States, Nevada has just 14.5 psychologists and 9...

Essential Workers, Particularly Latinos, Still Face Barriers In Accessing Vaccine

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According to Marketplace, Yakima Valley, one of Washington state’s most productive farming regions, is a prime example of nationwide disparities between coronavirus infections and vaccinations among the Latino community. As of early April, 21.3 percent of the white population nationwide has been vaccinated, compared to 12.7 percent of Black...

Medical Bill Dispute Heads To Colorado Supreme Court

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The Colorado Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Lisa Melody French, a Colorado patient who was charged nearly a quarter million dollars for her 2014 spinal surgery. According to 9 News Denver, St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, CO, estimated that French’s share of the payment for...

Record Sign-ups For Colorado’s Health Insurance Marketplace

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Colorado has reported record numbers for its individual marketplace signups through January, with indications of more strong numbers to come. Connect for Health Colorado, which runs the state’s individual health insurance market, reported that nearly 180,000 people signed up through January, breaking the previous record. Since enrollment restarted in...

Delaware Lawmakers Seek To Capitalize On COVID-19’s Silver Lining Telemedicine

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According to Delaware Public Media, Delaware state lawmakers are making an effort to expand access to telemedicine. Like many states, Delaware responded to COVID-19 last year by quickly adjusting the law to make telemedicine a viable option for patients. State Rep. David Bentz (D-Christina) says that adjustment should last...

COVID-19 Inflamed Disparities in Health Care, Report Says

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Where you live, how much you earn and what you look like all play increasingly outsized roles in Pennsylvanians’ ability to receive quality medical care, according to a recent report by AARP Pennsylvania and Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. The report, “Disrupting Disparities in Pennsylvania: Retooling...

Study Underscores Disparities in Nursing Home Death Rates During COVID

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A new study by Northern Arizona University found that race played a role in mortality rates in nursing homes across Arizona during the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of the pandemic, nursing homes with higher proportions of vulnerable populations, including residents of color, had higher mortality rates from COVID-19 than...

Changes Wanted To Insurance Pre-Approval Process For Health Care

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A news report from an NPR affiliate in Illinois highlights a bill before the Illinois state legislature that would make it easier for patients to access care. The legislation would streamline an insurance process known as prior authorization, in which a patient has to be approved for treatment by the...

Federal Audit Finds Las Vegas Hospital Improperly Billed Medicare

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A federal audit by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently determined that Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center of Las Vegas improperly charged Medicare for more than $23.6 million and is calling for the money to be refunded. According to...

Vaccine Hesitancy Still A Problem In The Latino Community

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Pittsburgh’s Latino Community Center is strengthening its efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccines by raising awareness about their benefits. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the downtown-based LCC is using a recent grant from the CDC Foundation and the National Hockey League to build a vaccine readiness program in Latino communities....

Washington State Expands Health Insurance For New Moms

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According to State of Reform, Washington State is on the verge of extending health insurance coverage for new moms, from just 60 days to 12 months. Recently passed legislation at the federal level extended that coverage, but with certain provisions set to expire, new moms faced losing their health...

Vaccination Sign-Ups Present Challenges for Non-English Speaking Residents

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Vulnerable communities, who have already been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, are facing additional hurdles when trying to access the vaccine. According to the U.S. Census, there are approximately 5.3 million U.S. households who have limited English proficiently, and states and cities across the country are failing to reach these...

Reducing Barriers To Vaccine Access Key For Communities of Color

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Although the effort to vaccinate America is well underway, barriers to access remain for some of the groups who have been hit the hardest by COVID-19, particularly communities of color. Delaware Public Media (DPM) recently laid out ideas to confront these challenges and make the vaccination effort more equitable....

Pennsylvania Residents Struggle To Get Medicaid Coverage As Enrollment Rises

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According to LevittownNow, despite increased access to Medicaid and massive spikes in enrollment, some are still struggling to receive the coverage they are eligible for. The greatest increase in Medicaid enrollment was in Cumberland County, which spiked nearly 22 percent as hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians lost their jobs...

New Coronavirus Bill Aims to Cover COBRA Premiums for Laid Off Workers

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According to Arizona’s Family, under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, the government will cover COBRA premiums for those who were laid off and lost their employer-sponsored insurance. Previously, continuation of coverage through COBRA was still available for those who lost their jobs and insurance, but it was...

LGBTQ Community Sees Higher Rates of Job Loss and Mental Health Decline During Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed the LGBTQ community, according to recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. More people who identify as LGBTQ have experienced mental health difficulties and job loss during the pandemic. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the KFF analysis, in addition to another survey focusing...

$1,200 Bill Surprises Kansas Woman After COVID-19 Test

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Angie Abbott started experiencing severe COVID-like symptoms, so she went to her local hospital to get examined. She received a chest X-ray and a test that fortunately came back negative. But a month later, Abbott received a $1,200 bill in the mail. Under the CARES Act, insurance companies are...

Vaccination Disparities Persist For South Carolinians of Color

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According to WIS-TV, new data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows that only 18 percent of Black South Carolinians have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, despite comprising 27 percent of the state’s population. A new study found nearly 60 percent...

Pennsylvanians Could See Lower Costs, More Health Insurance Benefits

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According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, lower and middle income earners who passed on Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance this year due to the cost may want to reconsider when the special enrollment period ends in Pennsylvania on May 15. The American Rescue Plan, passed this March by Congress,...

Health Advocates Struggle To Achieve Vaccine Equity In Communities Of Color

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According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Black and Hispanic residents of Worcester, Mass., are the hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic in the state. The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force showed that out of 1,100 recent cases, 37% were Hispanic residents, even though they make up only 21%...

Colorado Firefighter Battles For Breast Cancer Coverage After Hers Was Denied

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According to ABC News, after being diagnosed with breast cancer and learning her health insurance would not cover her treatment, Tracy Post, a lieutenant firefighter in Westminster, Col., fought to change the policy. Post, 45, was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in November 2019, and had to...

Telehealth Is “Here To Stay” Past The Pandemic

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According to Hour Detroit, one silver lining of the Coronavirus pandemic is that health care might be improved for years to come due to increased access to telehealth. While the American Telemedicine Association was founded almost 30 years ago, most insurance companies refused to cover appointments conducted over phone...

Pennsylvania, Colorado Work To Achieve Equitable Outcomes In Vaccine Distribution

Consumers For Quality Care, April 14, 2021

According to The Pennsylvania Capital Star, LGBTQ leaders in Pennsylvania are urging health officials to modify demographic questions asked by vaccine providers about sexual orientation and gender identity. They say the three choices for sex – female, male and unknown – do not give a clear picture of the...

Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout Leaves Those Who Face Barriers To Fend For Themselves

Consumers For Quality Care, March 30, 2021

New reporting from ProPublica sheds light on how the vaccine distribution system in the U.S. disadvantages many of the most vulnerable people, ultimately exacerbating existing health care disparities. In many states, it’s proven difficult to get a vaccine appointment without the internet. Some places only offer drive-through vaccinations, making...

Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Racial Inequities In Georgia

Consumers For Quality Care, March 19, 2021

According to Georgia Public Broadcasting, early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that those most vulnerable to coronavirus, specifically communities of color, are having the hardest time accessing the vaccine. “Black and brown populations are marginalized populations,” Dr. Alfonzo Plough, chief science officer with...

Colorado Hospitals Have The Highest Profit Margins In The Country, Data Shows

Consumers For Quality Care, March 19, 2021

According to The Colorado Sun, Colorado hospitals not only have higher profit margins than any other state at 15.6%, but they also charge their patients more. In large part, this is due to hospitals consolidating into large and powerful networks, such as UCHealth, Centura’s Adventist and Catholic hospitals, SCL...

COVID-19 Treatment Leaves Many With Staggering Bills

Consumers For Quality Care, March 19, 2021

ABC Tampa reports on a harrowing experience: some patients  recovering from COVID-19 are being left with big, unaffordable surprise bills. Casey Gray spent two and half months hospitalized after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Now, months after the diagnosis, he still needs physical therapy in order to fully recovery. The...

Americans May Face Expensive COVID Bills As Grace Period For Hospital Costs Could Be Ending

Consumers For Quality Care, March 19, 2021

Over the past year, Americans have checked into hospitals for coronavirus treatment 1.7 million times. Their care largely hasn’t cost them anything, as insurance companies and the federal government absorbed the costs. According to the University of Michigan health network, however, many seniors may face large bills as insurers...

Missing Data Makes It Impossible To Tell The True Toll Of COVID On LGBTQ Community

Consumers For Quality Care, March 1 7, 2021

According to The Washington Post, a lack of data is impeding the ability of researchers, health care providers, legislators and community advocates to assess how badly the LGBTQ community has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A report released from the CDC earlier this month showed that the LGBTQ...

Nevada Health Marketplace Opens For Enrollment

Consumers For Quality Care, March 17, 2021

If you need insurance, CBS Las Vegas reports that uninsured Nevadans have another opportunity to get health coverage under a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). President Biden signed an executive order to open the 90-day enrollment period, which runs through May 15. Nevadans can submit an application for health insurance...

Many Still Surprised By COVID-19 Testing Fees

Consumers For Quality Care, March 17, 2021

Studies have shown the importance of testing for COVID-19 to help mitigate the spread of the virus. While COVID-19 tests are free under the federal CARES Act, FOX Harrisburg found that not all insurance companies have been covering the cost of every COVID-19 test. Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow...

Data Shows Five Years Of Medicaid Expansion Has Led To Big Benefits For Montanans

Consumers For Quality Care, March 17, 2021

According to a guest column from philanthropic health leaders in The Missoulian, Medicaid is working for Montana. Two recently-released reports found that the state legislature’s expansion of Medicaid in 2015 resulted in coverage for 265,000 people, or one in 10 Montanans having insurance who didn’t previously. Beyond that, the...

Communities Of Color Face Daunting Barriers To Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

Consumers For Quality Care, March 17, 2021

Research shows that Latinos have been the most disproportionately impacted community of color since the start of the pandemic. Now, the Associated Press reports that Latinos face significant barriers to getting the vaccine. Rigoberto Montesinos, a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, was so worried about...

Racial Disparities Hinder Vaccination Efforts

Consumers For Quality Care, March 17, 2021

According to a new report from the state of Washington, Black, Hispanic and other communities of color have been hardest hit by COVID-19, and are now the communities underrepresented in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. “We are dying by high numbers in the Black community because people are afraid of...

Building Trust In The Hardest Hit COVID-19 Communities

Consumers For Quality Care, March 16, 2021

The Latino community has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Now, community leaders are trying to build trust among Latinos to prevent vaccine hesitancy. Delfin Vasquez, the president of Dominican Association of Pennsylvania, shared news of his vaccination on social media in an effort to show that vaccines are...

Overdose Deaths Climb During COVID-19

Consumers For Quality Care, March 16, 2021

Last year, more than 90,000 people died from a drug overdose – one of the many unforeseen tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NJ Spotlight News. “The biggest problem for active addicts and alcoholics, they seem to be in isolation. Being in isolation is the number one reason...

New Data Shows Massive Pay Discrepancies For Same Medical Procedure At Same Place

Consumers For Quality Care, March 12, 2021

According to the Wall Street Journal, a rule that requires hospitals to make their prices public is showing how widely prices can vary, even for the same procedure at the same facility. The industry sued to block the rule, and it’s become apparent why. At the Van Ness location...

Arizona’s Coronavirus Vaccination Dashboard Shows Racial Disparities, Missing Data

Consumers For Quality Care, March 12, 2021

Coronavirus demographic data released by the Arizona Department of Health Services is limited when it comes to race and ethnicity, according to Arizona Republic. On the state’s dashboard, 37% of individuals were listed as “other race/unknown.” About 48% of those who had received at least the first dose of...

New CDC Study Indicates The LGBTQ Community Is More Susceptible To Coronavirus

Consumers For Quality Care, March 5, 2021

CNN reports on a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that members of the LGBTQ community may be more susceptible to both COVID-19 and a more severe form of the virus. Members of the LGBTQ community, regardless of race or ethnicity, are more...

Vaccine Inequity Leaves The Latino Community Behind

Consumers For Quality Care, March 5, 2021

Recent information released by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention shows that white Americans received the largest portion of the coronavirus vaccine. Meanwhile, communities of color only made up around 16% of those who have received the vaccine. The growing disparity, especially in the Latino community, is blamed...

Survey Reveals Concerns Over Rising Healthcare

Bolly Inside, March 1, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the importance of quality health care and data reveals that it has also heightened patient concerns about the ability to pay for care. In a survey conducted by Consumers for Quality Care, 80% of respondents agreed that healthcare costs continue to rise each year,...

Elderly Population In Rural Pennsylvania Faces Obstacles For Vaccinations

Consumers For Quality Care, March 4, 2021

Rural Pennsylvania’s elderly community is facing tough obstacles when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a report by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Robert Keen, an 84-year-old retired ambulance driver, thought that his days of trying to protect himself from COVID-19 were coming to an end. However, despite being among...

New Study Indicates Black Coronavirus Survivors Are Experiencing Worse Outcomes

Consumers For Quality Care, March 4, 2021

According to new research from the Michigan COVID-19 Surveillance Study, produced by the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Black coronavirus survivors experience worse socioeconomic and health outcomes than white survivors. Some of the study’s key findings include that 45 percent of Black...

Latinos Face Barriers To Obtaining Coronavirus Vaccine

Consumers For Quality Care, March 3, 2021

According to CNN and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hispanic and Latino residents contracted coronavirus at nearly twice the rate of white people and were more than four times as likely to be hospitalized from the disease. In Chicago, there have been more confirmed coronavirus...

Americans Forced To Trade Health Insurance For Employment

Consumers For Quality Care, March 3, 2021

Medicaid enrollment continues to grow due to the unprecedented unemployment numbers brought on by the coronavirus. Many of those who are now enrolling are Americans who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford their own health plan. Now, The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting on...

The Million Dollar Question For COVID-19 Treatment

Consumers For Quality Care, March 3, 2021

The total cost for treating COVID-19 patients is still hard for hospitals to figure out because it is difficult to know what treatment patients might need. Those who aren’t lucky enough to escape with just a runny nose might find themselves facing a large medical bill that is near...

Survey Reveals Anxieties About Rising Health Care Costs

Cleveland Scene, March 3, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis underscored the importance of quality health care, and new data reveals it also intensified patient anxieties about the ability to pay for care. In a survey from Consumers for Quality Care, 80% of respondents agreed health care costs continue to rise each year, and 57% of...

Vigilance Now Needed To Stop Surprise Medical Bills

The Hon. Donna Christensen, March 1, 2021

During the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, Washington was hit early and hit hard. While 2020 was a terrible year like no other, it ended with a bit of good news: the latest covid-19 relief bill passed in late December included a bipartisan compromise to put an end to...

Survey Confirms Frustration with Healthcare Costs

Public News Service, March 1, 2020

A new survey shows most Americans are worried about out-of-pocket healthcare costs – deductibles, premiums and co-pays, and Nevadans are no exception. Stephanie Hrisca-Kennedy of Las Vegas has a four-year-old with severe hemophilia, who needs expensive medication with no generic substitute. She said her insurance provider offers a policy that would...

Colorado Health Marketplace Opens For Enrollment

Consumers For Quality Care, February 25, 2021

Uninsured Coloradans have another opportunity to get coverage, reports CBS Colorado. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open Healthcare.gov for a 90-day enrollment period starting February 15. Connect For Health Colorado will also reopen for enrollment. Amid a pandemic, many are applauding the decision to reopen the...

Data From CDC Shows Large Racial Disparities In Vaccine Roll Out

Consumers For Quality Care, February 25, 2021

According to Politico, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that communities of color are being bypassed in the coronavirus vaccine roll out. From the racial and ethnic data available for about half of the vaccine doses given out already, only 11 percent of doses were...

Delaware Man’s Only Option Is A Heart Transplant. He Can’t Afford It.

Consumers For Quality Care, February 25, 2021

Even with insurance, patients can be left with astronomical out-of-pocket costs for life saving procedures, reports Delaware News Journal. Robert Smith is facing this exact situation in Delaware. A congenital heart condition that he has had since the age of 25 has left him with one option, a heart...

Out-Of-Pocket Costs A Health Concern, Survey Shows

The Post, February 25, 2021

A new survey shows Pennsylvanians are worried they can’t afford, and want relief from, high out-of-pocket costs for health care. More than 1-in-10 Pennsylvanians pays at least 10 percent of their income on insurance premiums, and 6 percent spend that much or more on out-of-pocket costs like co-pays and deductibles,...

Decline In Annual Health Exams Leads To Rise In Problems

Consumers For Quality Care, February 22, 2021

NBC Montana reports that a decline in annual health exams is leading to a rise in health issues down the road. According to the report, 32% of adults are likely to avoid any kind of health care, including their annual health exams. Despite the pandemic, doctors are urging the...

Pennsylvania’s Incomplete COVID Race Data Has Dangerous Consequences

Consumers For Quality Care, February 22, 2021

Despite COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, NPR Philadelphia reports that the state’s race and ethnicity data for the virus is largely unknown. The incomplete data has dangerous consequences, including a higher chance that potentially wider disparities go unnoticed. It could also mean a lack of funding for...

St. Louis Father Dies After Hospital Refuses Treatment

Consumers For Quality Care, February 12, 2021

According to CBS St. Louis, a father died after a hospital refused him treatment. Sadie Bell recalls going to Barnes Jewish Hospital twice after her husband complained about severe chest pain. Each time, the hospital refused to admit him and instead prescribed Ibuprofen before sending him home. When he...

Study Finds Some Michigan Counties More At Risk For COVID-19 Infection

Consumers For Quality Care, February 12, 2021

Detroit Free Press reports on research from the University of Michigan that shows COVID-19 infected and killed more families where English is a second language, those who lived in crowded conditions, and those with single parent families. “The big-picture finding was … that the more socially vulnerable or socially...

Five Innovative Ways To Transform Rural Health Care

Consumers For Quality Care, February 10, 2021

While 20% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, more than 130 rural hospitals have closed in the last decade, forcing residents to go to hospitals far away or to delay care altogether.  The Daily Yonder outlines five innovative ways that the Biden administration can revitalize rural health...

Washington Health Marketplace Opens For Enrollment

Consumers For Quality Care, February 10, 2021

On Friday, February 15, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange will begin a new 90-day enrollment period, reports The Seattle Times. The announcement comes after President Biden signed an executive order re-opening the federal government’s Healthcare.gov for a 90-day enrollment period starting February 15. Being one of 14 states that...

Montana Health Marketplace Opens For Enrollment

Consumers For Quality Care, February 10, 2021

The Independent Record reports that people who lost their health insurance due to the pandemic will be able to enroll for a new plan starting on February 15.  The announcement comes after President Biden signed an executive order to re-open the federal health care exchange from February 15 to...

Michigan Closes The COVID-19 Racial Disparity Gap

Consumers For Quality Care, February 10, 2021

Recent data shows that the coronavirus is no longer disproportionately affecting Black communities in Michigan, reports NBC Michigan. During the first wave of the pandemic, Black people made up 40% of coronavirus deaths — despite making up only 14% of Michigan’s population. In Flint, the Black population made up...

Hospitals Profit From Car Crash Patients

Consumers For Quality Care, February 5, 2021

Indiana’s Parkview Regional Medical Center is once again in the spotlight for aggressive practices against patients involved in car accidents. The New York Times reports that Parkview is using century-old lien laws to bypass insurers and charge patients, particularly low-income ones, in an effort to grow its revenue. Monica...

Having A Baby? Don’t Be Blindsided By The ‘Birthday Rule’

Consumers For Quality Care, February 4, 2021

NPR reports on first-time parents caught off guard by the “birthday rule,” which often leaves families on the hook for navigating a complicated process and paying for big medical bills. New parents Kayla and Mikkel Kjelshus had one of the scariest days of their lives on what was supposed...

In Delaware, A Racial “Disparity Gap” In Infant Mortality Persists

Consumers For Quality Care, February 1, 2021

According to Delaware State News, Delaware has seen an overall steady reduction in infant mortality over the past 20 years. However, not every community has experienced the same decrease. According to the Delaware Health Statistics Center, the number of Black children who die before their first birthday remains two...

COVID-19 Impacts Arizona’s Latino Community

Consumers For Quality Care, February 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many communities, but no community has felt the brunt of it quite like Latinos. Arizona’s Latino community was hit particularly hard during the summer and has experienced the highest death rate due to COVID-19 in the state, ABC Arizona reports. “In April, we lost...

Americans Face Difficult Decisions On Health Insurance Amid The Pandemic

Consumers For Quality Care, January 29, 2021

The Guardian highlights how the coronavirus pandemic is forcing families across the United States to choose between paying for basic necessities or receiving vital care. Quana Madison, an artist with disabilities in Colorado, has struggled for years with big medical costs while fighting breast cancer. Debt from the medical...

Patients Cope With The Complexity Of COVID Care Costs

Consumers For Quality Care, January 29, 2021

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on how patients are coping with the cost complexities of COVID-19 care. While most health insurance companies have been waiving costs associated with hospitalization and treatment for COVID-19, factors like billing errors, a complex health care system and uncertainty have led to an increase...

Who Will Have To Pay For A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Consumers For Quality Care, January 29, 2021

NBC Dallas investigates whether Americans will need to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine shot. The investigation comes after many Americans were hit with surprise medicals bills despite the federal government’s promise that COVID-19 testing would be free. However, when it comes to the vaccine, the government has ensured that...

New Year, New Law: Hospitals Must Disclose Prices

Consumers For Quality Care, January 25, 2021

CBS Charlotte reports on the experience of two new mothers who were hit with surprise $8,000 medical bills after giving birth. Amy Daniels and Monica Dickerson were shocked to learn that while the hospital they gave birth in was in-network, their anesthesiologist was not. “Nobody mentioned that they were...

A Retiree Fights A Nightmare Lab Fee

Consumers For Quality Care, January 22, 2021

Kaiser Health News (KHN) reports on lab work that generated a big surprise medical bill for a retired New Mexico couple. After realizing their dream of buying an RV and hitting the road full time, Lorraine and Michael Rogge decided to wait out the coronavirus pandemic in New Mexico....

Hospital Liens To Collect Debt Confuse Patients

Consumers For Quality Care, January 22, 2021

Wisconsin Watch reports on hospitals filing liens against uninsured patients in order to try to get a cut of compensation from personal injury lawsuits to collect unpaid bills. Manisha Gaston was involved in a hit and run when another driver slammed into the passenger’s side of her car, where...

How To Get Medicine At An Affordable Price

Consumers For Quality Care, January 22, 2021

ABC Chicago reports on advice from Consumer Reports about how to avoid high prices on medicine when an insurer drops a pharmacy from its network or doesn’t cover your prescribed medicine. First, you should check with your insurer as to which pharmacies are in-network. If you don’t use any...

Consumers for Quality Care Disappointed in Federal Approval of Tennessee Medicaid Waiver

Consumers For Quality Care, January 12, 2021

For Immediate Release January 12, 2021 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org The waiver threatens access to care for Tennessee’s most vulnerable, sets dangerous precedent Washington D.C. – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), a coalition of health care advocates, released the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) approval of...

Woman Blindsided By Surprise Bill After ER Visit

Consumers For Quality Care, January 11, 2021

NBC Charlotte reports on the experience of Emily Plazek, who was surprised by a bill for $2,500 after an emergency room visit for stitches. “I wish I had known how much this was going to cost because I wouldn’t have gotten the stitches or would have gone to Urgent...

COVID-19 Disproportionately Affects High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Consumers For Quality Care, January 11, 2021

According to Kaiser Health News, a report from California Healthline shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately hit high-poverty neighborhoods the hardest. The findings bring to the foreground the risk that low-wage workers – such as grocery store clerks, gas station cashiers, home health aides and a myriad of...