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Report Finds NC Hospital Made Millions While Claiming to Lose Money on Medicare Patients

Consumers for Quality Care, November 23, 2022

While nonprofit hospitals publicly declare millions in losses in services to Medicare patients as part of the community benefits they provide, they also often claim millions in profits from Medicare, a state report has found. According to a North Carolina state treasurer’s office report and as reported in Kaiser...

Report Finds Many North Carolina Hospitals Not in Compliance with Price Transparency Rules

Consumers for Quality Care, November 23, 2022

Despite the hospital price transparency rule enacted in January 2021, 67 percent of North Carolina hospitals were found to not be in compliance, according to a study conducted by the nonprofit Patient Rights Advocate and reported by Spectrum Local News. The hospital price transparency rule requires that hospitals provide...

Hospital Closure Impacting Atlanta Consumers

Consumers for Quality Care, November 15, 2022

The recent closure of Atlanta Medical Center (AMC), a Level 1 trauma center owned by nonprofit Wellstar Health System, has medical professionals, political leaders, and the community eagerly searching for new alternatives for care, according to Georgia Public Broadcasting News.  The closing of Atlanta Medical Center is the latest...

Congressman Brings the Fight to Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Consumers for Quality Care, November 9, 2022

Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-01) recently released a report detailing how pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are hurting consumers’ accessibility to, and ability to afford, prescription drugs, according to Med Page Today. The report, titled “Pulling Back the Curtain on PBMs: A Path Towards Affordable Prescription Drugs,” includes testimonials from consumers,...

Washington State Lawmakers, Regulators Boost Health Care Price Transparency

Consumers for Quality Care, November 9, 2022

State lawmakers and regulators in Washington have taken action aimed at providing price transparency to consumers for their health care, according to Komo News. Recent laws passed in Washington state now require hospitals to disclose to consumers the cost of a covered service before care is administered, and by...

Donna M. Christensen: Guest Commentary: How can we address high medical debt?

Consumers for Quality Care, November 2, 2022

We are in the midst of a national crisis affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including Delawareans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth. It’s stopping some Americans from saving for retirement and others from investing in their children’s education. It’s forcing patients...

Donna M. Christensen: Addressing medical debt amid worsening health and wealth outcomes

Consumers for Quality Care, November 2, 2022

We are in the midst of a national crisis affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including many Nevadans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth. It’s stopping some Americans from saving for retirement and others from investing in their children’s education. It’s forcing patients...

Open Enrollment for 2023 – NJ Marketplace is Up and Running

Consumers for Quality Care, November 1, 2022

“Plans with high deductibles, coinsurance, and co-pays typically have lower premiums, making them a more attractive option for many people trying to reduce their monthly bills,” said Mary Smith, a board member with Consumers for Quality Care. “However, when seeking care, people with these plans are often left with...

Tackling the roots of medical debt for Health Literacy Month

Consumers for Quality Care, October 27, 2022

More than half of Americans said they are worried about getting surprise medical bills they cannot afford, and consumer advocates said one way to avoid them is to improve your health literacy. … The health advocacy group Consumers for Quality Care is urging people looking for new coverage, or to change...

Affordable Care Act signup begins Nov. 1. This is what you need to know about NJ Obamacare

Consumers for Quality Care, October 27, 2022

New Jerseyans shopping for health insurance through the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace will see more choices, higher premiums and expanded subsidies to help pay for policies. With open enrollment beginning Nov. 1, health experts said consumers should take advantage of the chance to comparison shop in the program...

Hospital Chain Used Low-Income Neighborhoods to Boost Profits

Consumers for Quality Care, October 26, 2022

Richmond Community Hospital, located in a low-income neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia, lacks many of the standard medical personnel, tools, and equipment found in other hospitals, but somehow has the highest profit margin of any hospital in the state. The hospital, which is owned by nonprofit Marriottsville, Maryland-based health system...

Biden Administration and States Take Steps to Address Mental Health Crisis

Consumers for Quality Care, October 26, 2022

More attention is being devoted by the Biden administration and state regulators to address the mental health crisis across the country. According to Fierce Healthcare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the administration’s road map, which lays out strategies for integrating mental health and...

Portia Prescott: The Importance of Health Literacy

Consumers for Quality Care, October 25, 2022

As we move into the beautiful fall season in Colorado, we should all take a quick pause to recognize that October is Health Literacy Month. With more and more Americans facing crushing medical debt – 1 in 3 adults in particular and 65% of Americans reporting that they or...

Donna M. Christensen: Addressing medical debt during Health Literacy Month

Consumers for Quality Care, October 25, 2022

We are in the midst of a national crisis affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including Delawareans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth. It’s stopping some Americans from saving for retirement and others from investing in their children’s education. It’s forcing patients who...

Donna M. Christensen: We must address medical debt during this Health Literacy Month | Opinion

Consumers for Quality Care, October 23, 2022

We are in the midst of a national crisis affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including Delawareans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth. It’s stopping some Americans from saving for retirement and others from investing in their children’s education. It’s forcing patients who...

Donna M. Christensen: We must address medical debt during this Health Literacy Month | Opinion

Consumers for Quality Care, October 22, 2022

We are in the midst of a national crisis affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including New Jerseyans. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth. It’s stopping some Americans from saving for retirement and others from investing in their children’s education. It’s forcing patients...

Donna M. Christensen: Addressing Medical Debt During Health Literacy Month

Consumers for Quality Care, October 20, 2022

We are in the midst of a national crisis affecting the lives of more than 100 million Americans, including Pennsylvanians. This crisis is worsening racial disparities in health and wealth. It’s stopping some Americans from saving for retirement and others from investing in their children’s education. It’s forcing patients who...

Comment: Demand remains for care, including mental health

Consumers for Quality Care, October 16, 2022

In late June, EMC Research and Impact Research conducted research on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care that addresses some of the issues plaguing our health care system. Washingtonians are struggling under the weight of these added costs; 45 percent were looking for Congress to take action on rising...

Dallas-Fort Worth Area Consumers Hit Hardest With Medical Debt While Hospitals Thrive

Consumers for Quality Care, October 12, 2022

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has one of the highest concentrations of medical debt in the nation. At the same time, many hospitals in the area – including nonprofits – are thriving, according to Kaiser Health News (KHN). According to a study by KHN, hospitals with the highest revenue in...

Montana State Health Department Calls for More Oversight on Nonprofit Hospitals

Consumers for Quality Care, October 5, 2022

Montana health officials have called for more oversight and new standards for nonprofit hospitals, NPR reports. The state Department of Public Health and Human Services will ask for these changes via a legislative package that lawmakers will consider in January 2023. The increased oversight and new standards will assess...

Report Finds Most Colorado Hospitals Failing to Comply with Price Transparency Rules

Consumers for Quality Care, October 5, 2022

A report from PatientRightsAdvocate.org shows that all but one of 32 Colorado hospitals surveyed in August are not in full compliance with the federal price transparency rule, according to The Denver Post. The federal rule requires hospitals to post all prices for medical services in addition to a list...

Racial Disparities Found in Infant Mortality Rates in Kansas

Consumers for Quality Care, September 28, 2022

In Kansas, Black babies are roughly 3.5 times more likely to die than white babies, The Lawrence Times reports. For every 1,000 Black babies born in Kansas, 17 will die before turning one. For white babies, the rate is fewer than five out of every 1,000 births. The COVID-19...

Survey Finds Most Oklahoma Hospitals Failing to Comply with Price Transparency Rules

Consumers for Quality Care, September 28, 2022

A patient advocacy group reports that around 94 percent of Oklahoma hospitals are not in full compliance with the federal price transparency rule, according to The Norman Transcript. After reviewing 46 of the state’s 165 hospitals, all but 3 failed to fully comply with the rule. Cynthia Fisher, founder...

Guest Commentary: Delawareans struggling to afford quality health care

Consumers for Quality Care, September 22, 2022

Health care has gone through many iterations over the last few decades, many of which have revolved around making it both more affordable and more accessible. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically affected the finances of many Delawareans, forcing them to reevaluate their budgets and avoid spending on things they...

Maine Consumers Hit with “Facility Fees,” Other Obstacles Found in the Health Care System

Consumers for Quality Care, September 21, 2022

A months-long investigation conducted by The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram found that dozens of consumers reported numerous medical billing issues plaguing the health care system, making consumers feel overwhelmed, confused, and helpless. The investigation revealed systemic problems that leave Mainers on the hook for high health care bills,...

Montana, Rural States Can Do More to Help Consumers by Increasing Telehealth Access

Consumers for Quality Care, September 21, 2022

Montana’s public officials can increase health care and mental health treatment by increasing telehealth access for consumers, according to an opinion piece from Kevin Hamm, the chief executive officer of Treasure State Internet & Telegraph, and published in the Daily Montanan. Nearly half of the 60 million Americans with...

CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Montana Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail

Consumers for Quality Care, September 14, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Montana Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail   WASHINGTON – Despite being tax-exempt, nonprofit hospitals around the country are engaging in practices that put profits over patients. Recent findings from Kaiser Health News, Lown Institute, and PatientRightsAdvocate.org reveal...

New York Passes Legislation to Protect Consumers from Medical Debt Collection Practices 

Consumers for Quality Care, September 14, 2022

The New York State Legislature has passed a set of bills giving consumers added protection from medical debt collection practices, according to the Kiowa County Press. Lawmakers have passed two bills in both the Assembly and the Senate. One bill bans medical liens and wage garnishments, while the other...

Opinion: Councilmember Denette Dunn discusses health care

Consumers for Quality Care, September 14, 2022

While Arizonans don’t seem to agree on much these days, recent research shows their opinions on the issue of health care may be more aligned than you think. New research conducted by Impact Research, on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), reveals a consensus among Arizonans. Simply put,...

Colorado Lawmakers Crack Down on Hospitals for Predatory Practices

Consumers for Quality Care, August 31, 2022

According to The Colorado Springs Gazette, a new state price transparency law will prohibit Colorado hospitals from pursuing collection actions if the hospitals do not follow federal price transparency laws which require hospitals to post procedure prices online. Although hospitals can still bill patients, the new law bans noncompliant...

COVID-19 Relief Dollars Turned to Record Profits for Several North Carolina Hospital Systems

Consumers for Quality Care, August 24, 2022

In a Charlotte Observer op-ed, North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell outlined a report from his office revealing wealthy hospital systems, including many nonprofit hospitals, saw record profits from COVID-19 relief dollars. Additionally, many of these hospital systems are continuing to engage in predatory billing practices, hurting consumers. Seven...

Tennessee Family Loses Medicaid Coverage After Paperwork Was Sent to a Horse Pasture

Consumers for Quality Care, August 24, 2022

A Tennessee family lost their health insurance after the state made a clerical error and mailed documents to a horse pasture by mistake. According to National Public Radio (NPR), the state’s Medicaid agency, TennCare, provided coverage to the Lester family for years. When Katie Lester took her son to...

Cook County Aims to Eliminate $1 Billion in Medical Debt From County Residents

Consumers for Quality Care, August 17, 2022

Cook County, IL, which encompasses the greater Chicago area, plans to forgive $1 billion in medical debt for hundreds of residents, according to Medical Xpress. The Cook County government plans to work with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit group, to purchase $1 billion in medical debt over the next...

Poll: Ahead of midterms, Pa. voters want lower health insurance costs | Friday Morning Coffee

Consumers for Quality Care, August 12, 2022

While the Affordable Care Act has trimmed the ranks of Americans without health coverage, and a landmark spending bill now before Congress will help further contain costs, nearly three-quarters of Pennsylvanians agree that healthcare costs are going up more than other things they need. That’s just one of the findings included in a new...

As Michiganders struggle to afford health care, leaders push lawmakers to act

Consumers for Quality Care, August 11, 2022

Michiganders are having trouble accessing and paying for both physical and mental health care and want their state and federal lawmakers to prioritize driving down health care costs, including by capping insurance deductibles and curbing what insurers can charge patients, according to a new survey. Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, a survey research...

New Jersey Voters Concerned Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, August 2, 2022

For Immediate Release August 2, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Jersey Voters Concerned Over Rising Health Care Costs   New research shows 78% of New Jersey voters say the cost of health care is going up more than other things they need   New Jersey – A new survey of...

New Research Highlights Concern Among Washington Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Highlights Concern Among Washington Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs   66% of Washington Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Olympia, Washington – A new survey of Washington...

New Research Highlights Concern Among Pennsylvania Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Highlights Concern Among Pennsylvania Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs   72% of Pennsylvania Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – A new survey of Pennsylvania...

New Research Highlights Concern Among Nevada Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Highlights Concern Among Nevada Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs   73% of Nevada Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Carson City, Nevada – A new survey of...

New Research Highlights Concern Among Montana Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Highlights Concern Among Montana Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs   70% of Montana Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Helena, Montana – A new survey of Montana...

Michigan Voters Prioritize Lowering Out-of-Pocket Health Costs According to New Research

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org Michigan Voters Prioritize Lowering Out-of-Pocket Health Costs According to New Research   67% of Michigan Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Lansing, Michigan – A new survey of Michigan voters...

New Research Reveals Concern Over Rising Health Care Costs Among Delaware Voters

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Reveals Concern Over Rising Health Care Costs Among Delaware Voters   72% of Delaware Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Dover, Delaware – Delaware voters see lowering out-of-pocket...

New Research Highlights Concern Among Colorado Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Highlights Concern Among Colorado Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs   74% of Colorado Voters Agree the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Denver, Colorado – A new survey of Colorado...

Arizona Hospitals Not Fully Compliant with Pricing Transparency Laws

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

According to Patient Rights Advocate, and reported by Arizona News, 20 of the 25 Arizona hospitals evaluated by the group are not in full compliance with the hospital price transparency law that went into effect earlier this year. The law requires all hospitals to post a comprehensive list of...

Arizona Consumers May have New Medical Debt Protections Under Ballot Initiative

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

Arizona residents may have the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative aimed at ending predatory medical debt collection practices in November, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Medical debt impacts millions of Americans, including many in Arizona. According to recent Consumers for Quality Care research, a majority of...

New Law in Washington State Lowers Health Care Costs for Millions of Consumers

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

A new law recently went into effect that makes four million Washington state residents eligible to receive free or discounted hospital care, according to MyNorthWest. The law expands charity care eligibility to an additional one million residents, as well as requires larger hospital systems to expand financial assistance to...

New Research Highlights Concern Among Arizona Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, July 27, 2022

For Immediate Release July 27, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org New Research Highlights Concern Among Arizona Voters Over Rising Health Care Costs   75% of Arizona Voters Say the Costs of Health Care are Going up More than Other Things They Need   Phoenix, Arizona – A new survey of Arizona...

Monique Stanton and Robert Sheehan: Michigan can set example on mental health

Consumers for Quality Care, July 20, 2022

Mental or behavioral health care addresses a variety of needs — including treating patients with autism or Down syndrome, depression, anxiety, as well as substance use disorder. Every Michigan family can be impacted by those conditions, so the quality of behavioral health coverage in our state should concern us...

Arizona Aims to Combat Maternal Mortality by Expanding Medicaid Coverage

Consumers for Quality Care, July 20, 2022

Amid rising maternal mortality rates, which can be preventable in many cases, the Arizona legislature is taking action to extend maternal coverage to vulnerable communities, according to KJZZ. In Arizona, about 70 women die every year within a year of giving birth, and for communities of color, this rate...

North Carolina Hospitals Bring in Profits at Taxpayers’ Expense During Pandemic

Consumers for Quality Care, July 13, 2022

A new report found that North Carolina’s seven major hospital systems raked in millions of dollars in profits during the COVID-19 pandemic at taxpayers’ expense, according to WECT 6. “The healthcare cartel, which has become more ‘cartel-ized’ in the last four years, is driving up the cost of healthcare...

Patients Falling Behind on Medical Bills Leads to Denied Care

Consumers for Quality Care, July 13, 2022

An Arizona family was denied medical care from their primary care physician because of past due bills, according to Kaiser Health News. Ariane, a husband, father of three, and cancer survivor, knows the importance of staying on top of his health care, even if medical bills end up being...

Jim Manley: Insurers not doing their part

Consumers for Quality Care, July 11, 2022

Following May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Consumers for Quality Care released a survey, conducted by Impact Research and Public Opinion Strategies, showing the importance of closing the gaps in health insurance based on Americans’ experience with the health care system. We’ve got a long way to go when it...

Surveys Find People Worrying More About Health Care, Mental Health

Consumers for Quality Care, July 6, 2022

Coloradans are worried about health care, ranking the issue second only to the increasing cost of living and housing in their top concerns. According to CBS Colorado, a survey from the Colorado Health Foundation found that health care costs, mental health, and drug and alcohol use are seen as...

Hospitals Are Leveraging Consumers’ Homes to Collect Medical Debt

Consumers for Quality Care, July 6, 2022

In the latest example of predatory medical debt collection practices, hospitals have now been found to claim a stake on part of the equity on consumers’ homes to collect on unpaid medical bills, WBTV NC reports. In 2005, Terry Belk and his wife, Sandra, who was suffering from end-stage...

Federal Government, States Expand Postpartum Health Coverage for Low-Income Mothers

Consumers for Quality Care, July 6, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris announced an expansion of a federal program that provides health care coverage for low-income women for up to a year after they give birth. According to the Los Angeles Times, the federal government will use funds from last year’s $1.9-trillion stimulus law to extend access...

Consumers Potentially Overcharged by California Hospitals

Consumers for Quality Care, July 6, 2022

Hospitals in California may be overcharging consumers and failing to provide notice of possible charity care procedures and services, according to Healthcare Dive. California Attorney General Rob Bonta sent a letter to all hospital administrators in the state last month informing them his office has received complaints alleging that...

Arizona Found Not Doing Enough to Safeguard Consumers from High Medical Debt

Consumers for Quality Care, July 6, 2022

Arizona is not doing enough to protect consumers from high medical debt, ranking 32nd in the country, according to a study from the University of Arizona and University of Utah. The new research was covered by Arizona Public Media. Researchers found that Arizona performed well by expanding Medicaid via...

Mary Smith: Medical debt devastates many

Consumers for Quality Care, July 3, 2022

In the face of an economy so volatile that the Federal Reserve increased our interest rates by the largest amount since 1994, the last thing Americans need is more reasons to pinch pennies and hold their breath. However, that’s exactly what they’re forced to do when faced with the prospect...

Two Georgia Hospitals Fined for Violating Price Transparency Rules

Consumers for Quality Care, June 29, 2022

For the first time, the U.S. government fined two Georgia hospitals over $1 million for failing to comply with federal price transparency rules, according to The Washington Post. The regulations are meant to push hospitals to increase financial transparency and empower patients to shop around for their medical care....

Legislation in North Carolina to Address Medical Debt Collection

Consumers for Quality Care, June 29, 2022

There is a new proposed bill in the North Carolina state legislature to address medical debt collection and the practices used to collect outstanding debt, according to The Raleigh News & Observer. The bipartisan legislation is being spearheaded by State Rep. Ed Goodwin in the legislature, as well as...

Colorado Lands Among Top Five States for Protecting Consumers from Medical Debt

Consumers for Quality Care, June 29, 2022

Colorado is among the five best states in the country for protecting consumers from medical debt collectors, according to Kiowa County Press.  Researchers at the Universities of Arizona and Utah, respectively, analyzed health care debt collection policies from all fifty states and the District of Columbia to create the...

New Organizations Tackling Maternal Health Disparities in Colorado’s Communities of Color

Consumers for Quality Care, June 29, 2022

New maternity wellness and support centers are being built in Colorado to address maternal health disparities in minority communities, according to Kaiser Health News. Mama Bird Maternity Wellness Spa in Aurora and Families Forward Resource Center in northeastern Denver are two organizations with a mission of combating infant mortality...

Federal Judge Puts RWJBarnabas Health Acquisition Deal on Hold

Consumers for Quality Care, June 29, 2022

According to Healthcare Dive, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has secured a temporary restraining order halting a health care acquisition in New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health’s proposed acquisition of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has been put on hold due to the current arrangement which allows for head-to-head competition, benefitting...

FTC Temporarily Pauses HCA Healthcare Acquisition Deal

Consumers for Quality Care, June 29, 2022

HCA Healthcare’s deal to acquire Steward Health Care System’s five hospitals in Utah has been halted after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order, according to Healthcare Dive. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleges that a merger between HCA Healthcare and Steward Health Care System would minimize...

CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Colorado Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail

Consumers for Quality Care, June 28, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 28, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Colorado Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail   WASHINGTON – Despite being tax-exempt, nonprofit hospitals around the country are engaging in practices that put profits over patients. Recent findings from the Rand Corporation (RAND), Colorado Department of Health...

FTC Moves to Block Two Hospital Mergers

Consumers for Quality Care, June 22, 2022

According to Healthcare Dive, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing to block two separate hospital mergers in Utah and New Jersey. In one suit, the FTC has sued to block HCA Healthcare from acquiring Steward Health Care System, claiming that the deal would hamper competition and raise prices...

Washington State Health Insurance Providers Request Higher Rates for 2023

Consumers for Quality Care, June 22, 2022

Several of Washington state’s major health insurance providers are requesting that state regulators approve an average 7.16 percent hike increase in health insurance premiums for 2023. One company, Utah-based BridgeSpan Health Company, is seeking a 16.10% rate increase. According to The Chronicle, the rate increases are for individual health...

Computer Glitches, Human Error Causing Distress for California Healthcare Enrollees

Consumers for Quality Care, June 22, 2022

According to Kaiser Health News, computer glitches and the inputting of incorrect information by eligibility officers have been the sources of headaches for many Californians enrolling in expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In 2020 alone, approximately 131,000 enrollees were mistakenly dropped from coverage before ultimately being...

Jim Manley: For Americans’ mental health, insurers and lawmakers must act

Consumers for Quality Care, June 16, 2022

America is in the middle of a mental health care crisis. While the COVID-19 pandemic greatly worsened this national crisis, it has been years in the making. Prior to the pandemic, nearly half of the 60 million American adults and children living with mental health conditions reported going without care. A...

North Carolina Republicans Propose Medicaid Expansion

Consumers for Quality Care, June 15, 2022

According to Healthcare Dive, Republicans in the North Carolina State Senate have drafted legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to 600,000 additional low-income adults. Medicaid expansion has previously failed to pass in the Republican-led legislature. Despite this lack of expansion, about 2.7 million residents in North Carolina are already...

Wisconsin Health System Faces Lawsuit Over Anticompetitive Practices

Consumers for Quality Care, June 15, 2022

Wisconsin’s Advocate Aurora Health is facing allegations of unlawfully using its size and influence in the state to raise healthcare prices. According to Healthcare Dive, Wisconsin-based Uriel Pharmacy Health filed the federal lawsuit and alleged Advocate Aurora Health overcharged for services and forced employers into “all-or-nothing” contracting, requiring all...

Over A Third of Colorado’s Rural Counties Lack Behavioral Health Providers

Consumers for Quality Care, June 15, 2022

According to ABC Denver 7, a report from the Colorado Rural Health Center found that 22 of Colorado’s 64 counties are without a psychologist or psychiatrist. “Colorado ranks near the bottom or at the bottom when it comes to adult need-for versus access-to care,” said Vincent Atchity of Mental...

CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Pennsylvania Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail

Consumers for Quality Care, June 15, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 15, 2022 Contact: Press@Consumers4QualityCare.org CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Pennsylvania Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail   WASHINGTON – Despite being tax-exempt, nonprofit hospitals around the country are engaging in practices that put profits over patients. Recent findings from reports from John Hopkins University, PatientRightsAdvocate.org, and Lown...

Tennessee Consumers Receive Surprise Medical Bills Despite Ban

Consumers for Quality Care, June 7, 2022

Despite a federal ban on surprise medical bills, two East Tennesseans received surprise bills for thousands of dollars from the same company, according to WBIR. Harold Cox and Charles Newman both received, separately, surprise bills from American Physician Partners (APP) of Tennessee for care at Blount Memorial Hospital. Cox...

New Michigan Law Speeds Up Prior Authorization Timelines

Consumers for Quality Care, June 7, 2022

A new Michigan law places deadlines on how long a health insurer can take to respond to a prior authorization request, according to Kaiser Health News. Previously, insurers could take weeks to approve a medicine or treatment. Beginning in June 2023, Michigan health plans will have nine calendar days...

Holding Company Siphoned Millions of Dollars from its Hospitals, PA Lacked Authority to Do Anything About It

Consumers for Quality Care, June 7, 2022

At Pennsylvania’s Crozer Health, services are dwindling and may lead to a complete collapse of the four-hospital system, leaving approximately 560,000 Delaware County residents with significantly reduced access to medical care, according to WHYY. Observers say Crozer’s financial troubles started with a 2019 business deal initiated by Crozer’s parent...

Colorado Resident Shocked by Cost of Telehealth Bill

Consumers for Quality Care, June 1, 2022

A Colorado resident with health insurance was shocked when he received a surprise bill from his doctor for a telehealth consultation, According to ABC’s Denver7. Dustin Stewart’s new primary care physician offered him a telehealth visit in place of an in-person visit after Stewart was exposed to COVID-19. “I...

Mississippi Enacts Permanent Access to Telehealth for Residents

Consumers for Quality Care, May 25, 2022

Senate Bill 2738, which permanently allows Mississippi residents to utilize telehealth to connect with their doctors, has been signed into law, according to Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The new law will help bring essential medicine to the most underserved communities in the state. “It’s certainly convenient for the consumer,” said...

Insurance Provider Denies Man’s Life-Saving Surgery for a Seventh Time

Consumers for Quality Care, May 25, 2022

Jonathan Douglas, a metro Atlanta man who suffers from congestive heart failure and has trouble getting around, even walking to his mailbox, has said his insurance company has denied his request for a life-saving surgery seven times, according to WSB-TV. Douglas’ doctors say a Barostim implant will have him...

Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D.: We need to prioritize mental health care

Consumers for Quality Care, May 19, 2022

The COVID-19 crisis has taken a significant toll on our health and well-being. Americans from all walks of life face barriers to health care, from skyrocketing out-of-pocket health care costs to discrimination in care. The pandemic exposed major flaws in our health care system, shining a light on the...

U.S. Family Seeks Care in Mexico to Avoid Expensive Medical Bills

Consumers for Quality Care, May 18, 2022

According to the latest “Bill of the Month” article presented by Kaiser Health News, an Arizona family chose to opt out of the U.S. health care system and seek treatment in Mexico to avoid prohibitively expensive medical bills. The Fierro family of Yuma, Arizona had a series of unlucky...

New Initiatives Making Mental Health Care More Affordable in Michigan

Consumers for Quality Care, May 18, 2022

According to MLive, the state of Michigan is investing in resources to better improve access and affordability for consumers seeking mental health services. Experts say high costs will prevent more than half of the 20 percent of Michigan adults experiencing a diagnosable mental health condition from seeking treatment. Mental...

Struggling Indiana City Loses Hospital

Consumers for Quality Care, May 18, 2022

Franciscan Alliance, a non-profit health care system, announced it was shutting down most of a medical complex in Hammond, Indiana, according to Kaiser Health News. The downsizing will leave Hammond with just eight hospital beds, outpatient services, and an emergency room department. A Boston University professor predicts even the...

Colorado Bill Takes Aim at Hospitals Skirting Federal Regulations

Consumers for Quality Care, May 18, 2022

A new bipartisan bill in Colorado would stop hospitals that are not compliant with hospital transparency rules from attempting to collect medical debt from consumers, according to RevCycle Intelligence. Colorado has some of the highest health care prices in the country, yet not all hospitals are publishing their prices...

New Jersey Woman Had $4,500 in Bills Erroneously Sent to Collections

Consumers for Quality Care, May 11, 2022

Despite hitting her family’s out-of-pocket maximum, Rebecca Overholt received a bill for more than $4,500 following the birth of her baby, according to NJ.com. At first, Overholt ignored the bill, assuming it was fraudulent, until another bill arrived. Overholt then received a bill for $709, which was put into...

Arizona Consumers Still Receiving Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers for Quality Care, May 11, 2022

After receiving care from a physicians’ firm contracted by a medical center in Sierra Vista, Arizona, consumers have reported receiving surprise medical bills amounting to thousands of dollars, according to KOVA. Stephanie Fulton visited Sound Physicians several times for procedures last year. Her first bill was just $35. She...

CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Indiana Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail

Consumers for Quality Care, May 10, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2022 Contact: press@consumers4qualitycare.org CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Indiana Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail WASHINGTON – Despite being tax-exempt, nonprofit hospitals around the country are engaging in practices that put profits over patients. Recent findings from reports from the Rand Corporation (RAND), PatientRightsAdvocate.org, and Lown...

Michigan Governor Signs Health Care Prior Authorization Reforms Into Law

Consumers for Quality Care, May 4, 2022

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that reforms how physicians and hospitals seek prior authorization from health insurers for patient care, according to MiBiz. The new law does much to streamline health care. First, it shortens the time for health insurers to respond to a prior authorization request...

Delaware Launches Website That Compares Costs for Care

Consumers for Quality Care, May 4, 2022

Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has launched a new website that compares health care prices for consumers, according to Delaware Business Now. The site, CostAware, shows the prices area hospital systems charge for selected procedures such as hip and knee replacements. For right now, the site...

Surprise Medical Billing Measures Advance Through Colorado Legislature

Consumers for Quality Care, May 4, 2022

According to Colorado’s FOX31, state Democrats and Republicans are coming together in hopes of saving Coloradans money in health care costs, with two measures having unanimously passed through committee with the goal to stop residents from being hit with outrageous medical bills. “What the bill does this year, specifically...

Colorado Program Provides Youth with Free Mental Health Service

Consumers for Quality Care, May 4, 2022

I Matter Colorado, a first-of-its-kind program that provides youth with free mental health services, is having a positive impact on many young people who are trying to navigate life during a pandemic, according to Rocky Mountain PBS. I Matter Colorado provides funding for six free therapy sessions for all...

Pandemic Stimulus Funds Remaking Lansing’s Public Health Programs

Consumers for Quality Care, May 4, 2022

In an underserved neighborhood of Lansing, Michigan, a health clinic, which is being built with nearly $900,000 in federal pandemic relief funds, could transform the community’s access to care, according to The New York Times. In Michigan and in other states, stimulus aid for cities and counties has been...

Addressing Student Mental Health with Clinics in Schools

Consumers for Quality Care, April 27, 2022

School-based health centers, which have existed in Michigan schools for decades, now have a renewed interest, particularly from policymakers, in the wake of COVID-19 and the ongoing student mental health crisis, according to Chalkbeat Detroit. School-based health centers make it convenient for students to leave class and walk down...

Hundreds of Thousands of Michiganders May Lose Medicaid Coverage Following End of Public Health Emergency

Consumers for Quality Care, April 20, 2022

According to Bridge Michigan, hundreds of thousands of Michiganders currently enrolled in Medicaid could lose their health care coverage once the Biden administration’s public health emergency expires this summer. Last week, the Biden administration extended the pandemic public health emergency to mid-July. Part of the public health emergency includes...