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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,...

Colorado Hospital Bills Routine Childbirth as Emergency Procedure

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A Colorado couple that gave birth to their second child, with no issues, were charged over $16,000 when the hospital deemed the procedure as a “Level 5” emergency service, according to NPR. Caitlin Wells Salerno and her husband, Jon, checked into a Colorado hospital in April 2020 to give...

Colorado Students Create a Health Care Price Website

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Two Colorado students, seeking a solution to provide consumers with greater hospital price transparency, created a website which aggregates price data from hospitals across the state and provides users with a comparison of the cost of common medical procedures at hospitals across the state. Katie Salmon encountered a troubling...

The Impacts of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

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According to a new study reported by Health Payer Intelligence, Medicaid expansion in Michigan has dramatically improved the physical health of many vulnerable populations, while also shifting care away from more costly sites of care such as emergency rooms, urgent care centers, and walk-in clinics. Before Medicaid was expanded,...

‘Mammovan’ Provides Affordable Mammograms to Nevadans

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The Nevada Health Center is providing low-cost mobile mammogram screenings for women with and without health insurance, according to 13 Action News. Mammograms save lives; early detection can make all the difference in breast cancer diagnosis. Yet many women don’t receive mammograms because they are often too expensive. The...

Pennsylvania Researchers Receive $10 Million to Study Racial Health Disparities

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia were awarded a $10 million federal grant to study how investments in Black neighborhoods can affect racial health disparities and crime, according to Axios. Philadelphia’s 23 percent poverty rate has remained high for decades – and Black Philadelphians are more likely...

New Mom Burdened by Hundreds of Dollars in Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers for Quality Care, October 6, 2021

When Ashley Dade gave birth in June, she was under the impression that she had met her health insurance deductible, until she found a bill in the mail for $420. After finding slightly elevated levels of bilirubin, Dade’s new baby required daily blood draws to treat a mild case...

Seattle Children’s Hospital Releases Plan to Fix Racial Disparities

Consumers For Quality Care, October 6, 2021

As reported by The Federal Way Mirror, Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington recently published its Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan, which found several racial and ethnic disparities within its practice and includes several initiatives to address these issues. Seattle Children’s Hospital’s new plan aims to increase employee diversity...

Covid Test Ends Up Costing More Than a Tesla for One Texas Couple

Consumers for Quality Care, October 1, 2021

In June 2020 a Texas couple received a bill charging over $56,000 for two COVID-19 tests, an amount experts call “astronomical” and “one of the most egregious” they’d seen, according to Kaiser Health News. Travis Warner, who owns an internet and video systems installation company, received a surge of...

Health care affordability is primary concern for Michigan voters, poll shows

Consumers for Quality Care, September 30, 2021

According to a new poll, Michigan voters say cost is their major concern when it comes to health care. The survey from ALG Research and EPIC-MRA on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) reveals that voters see affordability and access to quality care as major issues in the...

Most New Jerseyans are Worried about Rising Healthcare Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, September 30, 2021

A new poll confirms many New Jerseyans are worried about the rapidly rising cost of medical care. Danny Franklin, a partner at the communications agency Bully Pulpit Interactive, says the Consumers for Quality Care survey finds “there’s a striking degree of concern and also real anxiety about the cost...

Military Treatment Facilities Still Not Authorized to Waive Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers for Quality Care, September 29, 2021

Nine months after the No Surprises Act passed in Congress, News4 San Antonio reports that military treatment facilities are not yet authorized to waive surprise medical bills, leaving those that receive emergency out-of-network care from these facilities on the hook for thousands of dollars in medical expenses. In 2017,...

Thousands of New Jersey Consumers Forced to Switch Hospitals or Go Without Coverage

Consumers For Quality Care, September 29, 2021

According to NJ.com, Prime Healthcare, which operates several hospitals in New Jersey, will no longer accept insurance from one of the largest carriers in the state, leaving patients to choose other hospitals or go without health coverage. The biggest losers in disputes between health systems and health insurance companies...

Community Navigators are Essential for Helping Consumers Access Insurance

Consumers For Quality Care, September 15, 2021

A crucial part of the Affordable Care Act is funding for community navigators. These navigators help uninsured consumers sign up for health insurance by walking them through different plan options, helping applicants complete the paperwork and suggesting programs they may qualify for, like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...

The Sick and Poor Continue to Struggle in States that Refused Medicaid Expansion

Consumers for Quality Care, September 15, 2021

Susan March is fighting ovarian cancer for a third time in less than four years, but due to a gap in her coverage, struggles to afford the costly treatment, according to USA Today. March and her husband’s modest income is too high to qualify for charity care, but not...

North Carolina AG: ‘Hospital Bills Are Beyond People’s Ability To Pay’

Consumers for Quality Care, September 15, 2021

The North Carolina Attorney General is looking into hospital billing practices in his state, seeking to protect consumers from unwieldy costs. As North Carolina’s CBS 17 News recently reported, medical costs are a terrible burden for many in the state, just as they are across the rest of the...

Delaware Consumers to See Rising Health Insurance Costs

Consumers For Quality Care, September 8, 2021

Delaware consumers purchasing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be seeing their costs increase next year. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s only ACA insurer, will increase rates by 3 percent, according to Healthpayer Intelligence. While voters recognize that our health care system has been...

New Jersey Hospital System Appeals Challenge To Merger Deal

Consumers For Quality Care, September 8, 2021

As reported by Healthcare Dive, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health system plan, is appealing a decision made by a federal judge who ruled against their plan to acquire a competitor, Englewood Health. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) previously warned the move would harm consumers by reducing competition...

Poll: Montanans support Medicaid expansion, VA, telehealth; worry about increasing costs

Consumers for Quality Care, September 7, 2021

Even during these politically charged and polarized times, a new poll suggests Montanans may be a lot more unified in their feelings about healthcare. New research commissioned by the group Consumers for Quality Care showed that many Montanans are concerned about healthcare’s rising costs even with insurance; broad support...

Same Hospital, Same Surgeon, Wildly Different Costs

Consumers for Quality Care, September 1, 2021

After years of suffering from migraines and high blood pressure, it was recommended that Ely Bair go through the process of having his jaw realigned. This process included two surgeries, spread out over two years, at the same Seattle-area hospital, with the same surgeon and the same insurer. The...

Viral Hospital Bill Highlights The Soaring Cost Of Childbirth In The United States

Consumers for Quality Care, August 25, 2021

Every day, more than ten thousand babies are born in the United States. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, in many cases, these new parents are coming home with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt from surprise hospital bills. One Kansas couple received a bill for $270,951. The new...

Access To Telehealth Is A Vital Lifeline For New Jersey Patients

Consumers For Quality Care, August 18, 2021

According to New Jersey health care experts Geoffrey Boyce and Ann Mond Johnson, the expansion of telehealth services has been a silver lining of the pandemic for patients who are too often left behind in our health care system. “We’ve seen firsthand how telehealth creates more pathways for New...

Urgent Care Clinics Not Covered By Legislation Banning Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers for Quality Care, August 11, 2021

According to Kaiser Health News, after a bicycle accident, Bryan Keller of New York City went to an urgent care clinic to avoid a long wait in the emergency room. He received five stiches, a scar, and an unexpected headache in the form of a surprise bill for $1,039.50....

Kansas Lawmaker Seeks To End Obscure Health Insurance Rule

Consumers for Quality Care, August 11, 2021

When Kayla Kjelshus and her husband Mikkel had their first child, a complication led to the baby spending seven stressful days in neonatal intensive care. When they were finally able to take their child home, they thought the worst of their problems were over. Then they got blindsided with a...

Delaware Hospitals Fail To Disclose Prices

Consumers For Quality Care, August 4, 2021

While federal law requires hospitals to make their prices publicly available, a recent report found that 94.4% of U.S. hospitals are failing to post their prices online. According to Delaware News Journal, no Delaware hospitals  – including the state run psychiatric facility – were found to be in full...

Arizona Patient Faces $48,000 Medical Bill, Even Though She Has Insurance

Consumers for Quality Care, July 28, 2021

According to The Arizona Republic, Sherri Brown is one of many Americans who learned the hard way that having health insurance doesn’t shield you from being saddled with crushing medical debt. Brown, a long-time nurse, thought she knew the ins and outs of navigating the health care system, only...

Low-income Children in Montana Lack the Health Care Coverage They Need

Consumers for Quality Care, July 14, 2021

In a recent study, Montana ranked 29th in the nation in terms of health insurance coverage for children – a bleak picture for kids in urban, rural and tribal areas of the state. There are approximately 15,000 children in Montana who are not covered by health insurance, putting them...

Montana Consumers Benefit from New Telemedicine Options

Consumers for Quality Care, July 14, 2021

According to a report from KPAX-TV, telehealth options remain extremely important to Montanans looking to navigate the health care system, even as the pandemic winds down. Nurx, one of the nation’s largest online health clinics, saw a huge spike in requests for birth control during the pandemic. A doctor...

Unbundling Hospital Costs Resulting In Massive Surprise Bills

Consumers for Quality Care, July 14, 2021

According to NPR, Claire Lang-Ree of Colorado was experiencing severe pain in her lower abdomen. She called her mother, who took her to a nearby hospital in their family’s health insurance network. She received a CT scan of her abdomen, a series of test, and morphine and anti-nausea medication...

Black, Latino healthcare disparities were harmful pre-existing condition before COVID-19

Consumers for Quality Care, July 12, 2021

This past year brought a racial reckoning in Washington and across the country. As COVID-19 spread through the Evergreen State, the pandemic exposed shortcomings in the country’s healthcare infrastructure, which failed communities of color. Eighty one percent of Americans agree the coronavirus crisis has exposed flaws in our current...

Skepticism Remains as Mississippi Works To Shrink The Racial Vaccination Gap

Consumers for Quality Care, June 30, 2021

Despite some success in closing the COVID-19 vaccination gap between Black and white residents, disparities still loom large as health officials in Mississippi look to ensure vaccines are reaching all residents equally. As NBC reports, Black Mississippians make up 38 percent of the state’s population and are receiving 40...

Asian Americans Face Barriers To Vaccine Access in Colorado

Consumers for Quality Care, June 30, 2021

Despite being disproportionally impacted by COVID-19, communities of color are still struggling to receive the support they need to boost vaccination numbers. According to reporting by The DU Clarion, while Asian Americans make up 3.12 percent of the state’s population, their vaccination rate is 3.05 percent. Experts say the...

How to Help End Michigan’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

Consumers for Quality Care, June 16, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, June 16, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, June 2, 2021

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...

Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbated Mental Health Service Disparities In Rural America

Consumers for Quality Care, June 2, 2021

According to People Magazine, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges in rural areas with limited access to health care services. The American Farm Bureau Federation found that 3 in 5 rural adults reported the pandemic has affected mental health in their communities, and 2 in 3 farmers...

Language Barrier Drove Disparities for COVID Patients at Boston Hospital

Consumers for Quality Care, June 2, 2021

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, Massachusetts found that there was no difference in risk of death...

New Changes To Telehealth And Medicaid Expansion Policies Coming To Montana

Consumers for Quality Care, June 2, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, June 2, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 26, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 26, 2021

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...

Georgia Ranks as One of the Worst States for Children’s Health Care Coverage

Consumers for Quality Care, May 19, 2021

About 7 percent of Georgia’s children are without health insurance, according to analysis by the financial website WalletHub. That makes Georgia one of the worst states for children’s health care in the U.S., placing it at number 42 on the list. Additionally, Georgia was dead last in the category...

Medical Bill Dispute Heads To Colorado Supreme Court

Consumers for Quality Care, May 19, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 19, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 19, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 19, 2021

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

Consumers For Quality Care, May 12, 2021

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...

Families With Kids Are Finding It Hard To Access Out-of-State Hospitals On Medicaid

Consumers for Quality Care, May 12, 2021

A recent Kaiser Health News report tells the story of Elizabeth Zakutansky, a three-year-old in Hobart, Indiana with a rare genetic condition that causes seizures. Hobart is less than an hour from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the Zakutansky family wants Lurie to be her main care provider....

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 12, 2021

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, Nevada improperly charged Medicare for more than $23.6 million and is calling for the money to be refunded. According...

Vaccine Hesitancy Still A Problem In The Latino Community

Consumers for Quality Care, May 12, 2021

Pittsburgh’s Latino Community Center is strengthening its efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccines by raising awareness about their benefits. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pennsylvania 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...

Washington State Expands Health Insurance For New Moms

Consumers for Quality Care, May 12, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 5, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 5, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 5, 2021

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...

Pennsylvania Health Officials Work To Close Disparities In Health Outcomes

Consumers for Quality Care, May 5, 2021

According to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, health and social services officials in Pennsylvania are creating an equity-based, data-driven group of Regional Accountable Health Councils to increase the life expectancy in communities affected by redlining. “The pandemic has laid bare both the opportunity and obligation for us at the state level...

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

Consumers For Quality Care, May 5, 2021

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

Consumers for Quality Care, May 5, 2021

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...

COVID-19 Death Rate Hits Hispanic Communities Disproportionately Hard

Consumers for Quality Care, May 5, 2021

A recent article in The Washington Post describes how in California – home of the largest Hispanic population in the nation – Latino people ages 35 to 49 died of COVID-19 at more than five and a half times the rate of white people in the same age group....