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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...

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...

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...

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...

CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: North Carolina Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail

Consumers for Quality Care, April 14, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2022 Contact: press@consumers4qualitycare.org CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: North Carolina 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 National Academy of State Health...

New Study Examines Impact of Facility Fees on Health Care Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, April 13, 2022

According to Denver’s FOX31, a new study is examining the impact of facility fees, which are causing confusion and adding costs for consumers. Facility fees are what hospitals charge to cover operational costs, such as front desk staff, nurses, and emergency room equipment. However, they are often more expensive...

Federal Court Blocks New Jersey Hospital Merger in a Win for Consumers

Consumers for Quality Care, April 13, 2022

A federal court blocked the merger of New Jersey’s largest health system, Hackensack Meridian Health, with Englewood Hospital, according to Healthcare Dive. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) previously intervened to block the consolidation, noting that Hackensack’s attempt to merge with Englewood, one of the last independent hospitals in the...

Report Finds Most Nevada Hospitals Not in Compliance With Price Transparency Law

Consumers for Quality Care, April 6, 2022

Only 7 of 63 hospitals surveyed in Nevada were found to be compliant with federal price transparency requirements, according to a survey conducted by a non-profit organization, and reported by Nevada’s News 4. PatientsRightsAdvocate.org releases a semi-annual report to keep an eye on hospitals’ compliance with federal rules that...

Washington State Legislature Passes Bill to Expand Health Care Assistance

Consumers for Quality Care, April 6, 2022

The Washington State legislature passed a bill last month that attempts to expand access to affordable hospital care, according to KGMI. The new law reinforces the existing charity care law, giving eligibility to nearly half of all Washingtonians for free or discounted hospital care. The bill outlines two tiers...

Texas Couple Stuck With Surprise Ambulance Bill

Consumers for Quality Care, April 6, 2022

A couple received a large surprise bill for their newborn daughter’s ambulance transportation, according to EMS1. The Taylor family was billed about $1,500 for their newborn daughter to be transported to the hospital after she stopped breathing. As an employee of a local school district, the girl’s father, Cornelius...

Colorado Survey Finds High Costs and Systemic Racism Plague Health Care System

Consumers for Quality Care, April 6, 2022

According to Colorado Newsline, a new survey found almost half of all Coloradans have delayed a recommended medical treatment due to affordability or access issues. Responders said they put off medical care for a few reasons: 30 percent said treatment was not affordable, 19 percent said their insurance denied...

Grassley Urges FTC to Review Impact PBMs Have On Consumers

Consumers for Quality Care, March 30, 2022

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “find consensus” and vote again to launch a study into the business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), according to Healthcare Dive. PBMs serve as a middlemen that set prices between prescription drug manufacturers, health plans,...

Delaware’s Patient Navigators Shrink Racial Gaps in Cancer Deaths

Consumers for Quality Care, March 30, 2022

According to NPR, Delaware has reduced its cancer death rates and narrowed racial disparities in some forms of cancer, in part due to the utilization of patient navigators. Delaware residents can meet with patient navigators, who help schedule exams for patients, send them reminders, and arrange for rides. Some...

Colorado Supreme Court Takes on Predatory Hospital Billing Practices

Consumers for Quality Care, March 23, 2022

The Colorado Supreme Court is taking on hospital billing practices after a woman who expected to pay $1,337 for a surgery was billed $303,709, according to The Denver Post.  Prior to her pair of back surgeries in 2014, Lisa French had checked with the hospital to ensure that her...

Michigan Taskforce Recommends Ways to Decrease Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Care

Consumers for Quality Care, March 23, 2022

The Michigan Coronavirus Taskforce on Racial Disparities has released recommendations on improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations at it relates to COVID-19, according to News Channel 3. The study found that Michigan mitigated racial disparities in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic after initially seeing stark differences. However, the...

Connecticut Consumers Sue Major Hospital System Over Monopoly Power

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Connecticut consumers are banding together to sue a large hospital system that has gobbled up local hospitals “to extract higher prices from insurers, employers, and patients,” according to Axios. By filing a class action lawsuit, the consumers are acting against the consolidation of health care systems, which often lead to...

New Jersey Makes It Easier for Consumers to Sign Up for Health Coverage

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According to NorthJersey.com, more New Jersey consumers have signed up for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance than ever before. This is in part due to state officials loosening regulations to help more low-income residents access health insurance. The increase in both ACA and Medicaid enrollment in the state reflects...

FTC Blocks Rhode Island Hospital Consolidation to Protect Consumers

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action to stop a merger that could lead to higher prices with lower quality of care for many Rhode Island consumers, according to Healthcare Dive. Lifespan and Care New England, which have proposed the merger, are currently the two largest health care...

CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Mass General Brigham Earns a #HospitalFail

Consumers for Quality Care, March 10, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2022 Contact: press@consumers4qualitycare.org CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Mass General Brigham Earns a #HospitalFail BOSTON, MA – Mass General Brigham (MGB) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, academic hospital system and is the dominant hospital organization in the state. But, according to recent reports from the Massachusetts...

Insurers Are Pushing Mental Health Professionals Out of the System

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With Washington State mental health workers leaving the profession in droves, The Seattle Times interviewed people in the industry to address this exodus, and revealed that insurers have a big role to play in pushing mental health professionals out of the system. Currently, many therapists say they can’t afford...

An $80,000 Surprise Bill Points to a Loophole in the No Surprises Act

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A California couple, whose surrogate delivered twins early due to a medical emergency, received an $80,000 bill as a result of the insurance company exploiting a loophole in the recently enacted No Surprises Act, according to Kaiser Health News. Greg and Sugar Bull worked with a gestational surrogate to...

Hospital Facility Fees “Feel Like Surprise Billing” to Consumers

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According to FOX31 (KDVR), few topics have generated as much viewer feedback for the Denver-based station as hospital facility fees. “It does feel like surprise billing,” said an Arapahoe County, Colorado woman who paid a $611 facility fee on top of a $375 per hour fee for her teenage...

Tennessee Consumer Receives Nearly $500 Surprise Medical Bill

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A Tennessee consumer received an unexpected medical bill for just learning more about participating in a clinical trial, according to Axios. John Mathna suffers from a brachial plexus avulsion injury, which creates pain due to damaged nerves near his spinal cord. Last year, he talked to a Mayo Clinic...

Mass General Brigham Reprimanded for Expensive Care

Consumers for Quality Care, February 16, 2022

According to Axios, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) said Mass General Brigham, a nonprofit hospital system in the state, must submit a plan to lower rising costs that stem  from the hospital system’s expensive care. Mass General Brigham has the highest prices for care in the state of...

Colorado Consumers Given More Time to Sign Up for Health Insurance

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Due to both the emergence of the Omicron variant and the devastating Marshall wildfires, which displaced thousands of Coloradans beginning in December, state officials have extended the health enrollment period to give additional time for all consumers to sign up for health insurance, according to Kaiser Health News. All...

Family Charged Over $1,000 for Son’s ER Visit Despite Doctor No-Show

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A St. Louis family was charged $1,012 for their 2-year-old son’s emergency room visit—even though the doctor never showed up and the toddler was never treated. According to Kaiser Health News, Dhaval Bhatt’s son burned his hand on the kitchen stove. After consulting with the family’s pediatrician, they went...

Consumer Hit with Surprise and Illegal Bills for Preventive Care

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Last year, the federal government reminded health insurers that consumers who take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication that prevents HIV, should not be paying anything out of pocket for the drug. However, consumers still found themselves receiving bills, according to Axios. Individuals who take PrEP should have no copays,...

Washington Consumers Struggle to Access Therapist Services

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Washingtonians must take great lengths, and wait, sometimes for months, to find the right therapist, according to reporting from The Seattle Times. Canh Tran, a therapist himself, sought a therapist of his own to work through his symptoms of anxiety and depression as the result of the tragic death...

Insurance Companies Now Billing Patients for Care Related to COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, insurance companies, who waived treatment charges for those with COVID-19 in 2020 and part of 2021, have begun to charge co-pays and cost sharing fees for patients who come down with the virus and need to be treated, according to The Spokesman-Review. Insurance companies...

Virginia Anesthesiology Company Aggressively Targets Consumers for Unpaid Bills

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An anesthesiology practice in Virginia has made it their priority to file collection lawsuits to consumers hit with surprise medical bills, according to Kaiser Health News. In early 2020, Darnetta Jefferson underwent a double mastectomy. The former supermarket clerk who had also survived lung cancer was later sued by...

Hospitals Charging Patients a “Facility Fee” for Video Visits

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When a Connecticut woman’s 9-year-old son needed to see a pediatric specialist at Yale New Haven Health System in June 2021, the hospital billed her for a “hospital facility fee”—even though she and her son conducted the visit by video. According to Kaiser Health News, Arielle Harrison called the...

Texas Woman’s $70,000 Surprise Bill Resolved

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In September, a story we highlighted featured a patient who received a $70,000 medical bill from a military treatment facility not yet authorized to waive surprise bills. Now, the billing issue has been resolved, according to News4 San Antonio. In 2017, Lisa Collins had a bad fall at home...

New Jersey Governor Takes Action Against Skyrocketing Health Care Costs

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In the midst of rising health insurance premiums and deductibles in the state, which in recent years have grown three times as fast as workers’ wages, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order creating a panel of top health care executives tasked to rein in costs,...

Oregon Moves to Limit Mergers that Increase Health Care Costs

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According to The Lund Report, Oregon is currently working on implementing a law passed in the state legislature last year that controls mergers and acquisitions in health care. Mergers tend to drive up costs rather than reduce them, negatively impacting consumers. The law, which is set to take effect...

Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion Proves Beneficial

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An analysis of Healthy Michigan Plan, which was enacted in 2014 and expanded Medicaid coverage, has led to lower uninsured rates, improved health and cost savings, as reported by Second Wave Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) enlisted the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and...

Colorado Patient Charged $18K for Broken Wrist

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A 63-year-old woman who suffered a broken wrist from slipping on some stairs was billed over $18,000 for an x-ray, a splint, and a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon, according to Fox 31’s Problem Solvers. After suffering her injury, Suzi Doerhoff was referred to a local emergency room...

Nevada Man Billed $80,000 for Lengthy COVID Hospital Stay

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According to KLAS, a 63-year-old man with health insurance was billed over $80,000 after spending more than 100 days in the hospital battling COVID-19. James Sweeney was unconscious and on a ventilator from November 2020 to February 2021. When he awoke and asked about his bills, he says he...

Lack of Telehealth Law in Pennsylvania Hurts Consumers

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Spotlight PA chronicles the struggles residents attempting to utilize telehealth services face in Pennsylvania, one of only seven states without any laws governing virtual visits. Even though consumers have increasingly relied on telehealth services to access health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania does not have any laws requiring...

Rural Hospital Closures Impact Vulnerable Georgia Communities

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Rural hospitals, particularly in Georgia, are closing at an alarming rate, impacting residents who now must travel longer distances to seek needed medical care, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The closure of Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert, Georgia has proven to have deadly consequences – Lacandie Gipson,...

Montana Nonprofit Hospitals Fall Below National Average in Charitable Giving

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Data compiled by Kaiser Health News showed that Montana nonprofit hospitals gave roughly eight percent of their total annual expenses toward community benefits, such as covering the treatment costs of people who can’t afford care in 2019, below the ten percent average giving found in hospitals across the country....

Black Researchers Unite to Help Their Community Fight COVID-19

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Kaiser Health News reported that research and data from Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and others confirmed that not only are Black consumers more likely to contract COVID-19, but they are more likely to develop severe disease and die from it. Nearly a quarter of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is...

Colorado Veteran Owes More Than $80,000 for Emergency Appendix Surgery

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Shannon Harness, a military veteran in Colorado, rushed to the closest hospital after waking up with severe pain in his abdomen. A CT scan at Rockies Regional Medical Center confirmed he had appendicitis. A surgeon performed the procedure and released Harness. Several days later, he once again felt sharp...

California Woman Billed Nearly $2,000 for COVID-19 Test She Never Received

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A California woman who exhibited COVID-19 symptoms in the early days of the pandemic and unsuccessfully sought a COVID-19 test was still billed nearly $2,000, according to NPR. This was despite the fact that Congress passed the CARES Act a week earlier, making COVID-19 tests free In late March...

Racial Disparities for Medical Debt Collection Found in Wisconsin Hospitals

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A new study, reported by The Wall Street Journal, found that hospitals in Wisconsin sued about one out of every 1,000 residents a year over medical debt, particularly Black Americans and people in low-income areas. The study found that medical debt occurs more often for the uninsured, who also...

“Balance Billing” Practice Leaves Cyclist with $200,000 Medical Bill

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A mountain-bike crash across the country landed Phil Gaimon in a world of hurt, resulting in a fractured collarbone, five broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung and a broken scapula, as well as a medical bill for $200,000. Gaimon, a California native and former competitive road cyclist, was enjoying...

Patient Charged $10,000 For Sleep Apnea Study

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When 61 year old Jose Mendoza was ordered by his doctor to visit an overnight sleep lab to treat his severe sleep apnea, it helped treat his condition, but came with a price tag of over $10,000, according to NPR.   When Mendoza complained about headaches and cardiac problems,...

Genetic Test Resulted In Good News…And A Massive Surprise Bill

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According to NPR, a New York woman had no idea that her bone marrow biopsy sample would be analyzed at an out-of-network laboratory across the country – and cost her thousands of dollars. Michelle Kuppersmith, 32, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called essential thrombocythemia. She was told...

Residents Fight to Keep Southeast Pennsylvania Hospital Open

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Between battling breast cancer and being a mom to twin boys, Vanessa Ross is no stranger to Jennersville Hospital. She visits the hospital, less than ten minutes from her home in Southeastern Pennsylvania, upwards of three times a week for scans or treatment. She recently told the Daily Local...

Patient Faces Massive Out-Of-Network Medical Bills

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When Cindy Beckwith was diagnosed with a rare blood tumor, her doctors in Connecticut recommended she visit specialists at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). the facility, however, was out-of-network, leaving Beckwith on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical bills, according to reporting from Axios. While...

Provider’s Undercutting of Surprise Medical Bill Payments Hurt Consumers

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A legal battle in Nevada between a health plan provider and a physician practice is shedding light on how disputes between insurers and clinicians can lead to consumers receiving surprise medical bills, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The former head of a health plan provider said during testimony that...

States Move to Protect Consumers From New Jersey Hospital Merger

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The attorneys general of 25 states and territories have banded together to block the merger of two hospital systems in New Jersey to protect consumers. Reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, the attorneys general are requesting that the ruling from a lower court blocking the merger be upheld, asserting the...

Donna M. Christensen: Health literacy more important than ever

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With open enrollment having begun Nov. 1 for many Nevadans, it is vital that consumers be aware of the potential pitfalls that exist, including changes to COVID-19 coverage, surprise medical bills and junk health plans that fail to cover pre-existing conditions. Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) is helping Americans...

Georgia Woman Billed $700 Without Receiving Medical Care

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A Georgia woman who left an emergency room after waiting for hours without receiving any care was shocked when she was billed $700, according to WAGA-TV. In July, Taylor Davis went to an Atlanta emergency room with a head injury. After seven hours of waiting, she finally gave up...

Michigan Consumers to See Lower Cost Health Insurance Next Year

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The upcoming open enrollment period will include new low-cost or no-cost health insurance options for Michiganders, according to WNEM.com. “Through increased subsidies, an extended enrollment period, and more investment in local assistance, Michiganders have the support they need to get covered for 2022,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a...

Health Insurance Rates to Increase in Michigan

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Michigan state regulators recently approved health insurance rate increases that will go into effect in 2022. According to the Detroit Free Press, the increases are meant to reflect high demand for medical services and treatments that people put off during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small group plans,...

Out-Of-Pocket COVID-19 Hospitalization Costs Particularly High in Western States

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According to RevCycle Intelligence, out-of-network COVID-19 hospitalizations can cost more than $100,000 – and Western States like Arizona and Nevada have some of the highest costs for COVID-19 treatment. The data, compiled by FAIR Health, demonstrates the huge disparities in health care prices from state to state. Average charges...

Arizona Hospitals see Profits Soar due to COVID-19

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According to an Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System study reported by Arizona Capital Times, Arizona hospitals saw their total profits top $1.5 billion in 2020 – a 33% increase from 2019 – which can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic placed a great burden on hospitals,...