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How to Get Rid of Medical Debt

NPR News – Lori Mangum was 32 when apple-size tumors sprouted on her head. Now — six years and 10 surgeries later — the skin cancer is gone. But her pain lives on, in the form of medical debt. Even with insurance, Mangum paid $36,000 out-of-pocket, charges that stemmed from the hospital, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the pharmacy, and follow-up care. And she still has about $7,000 more to pay. While she was trying to manage her...

In America, Cancer Patients Endure Debt on Top of Disease

KAISER HEALTH NEWS |  RAPID CITY, S.D. ― Jeni Rae Peters would make promises to herself as she lay awake nights after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. “My kids had lost so much,” said Peters, a single mom and mental health counselor. She had just adopted two girls and was fostering four other children. “I swore I wouldn’t force them to have yet another parent.” Multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy controlled the cancer. But,...

Some Medical Debt Is Being Removed From U.S. Credit Reports

AP – Help is coming for many people with medical debt on their credit reports. Starting Friday, the three major U.S. credit reporting companies will stop counting paid medical debt on the reports that banks, potential landlords and others use to judge creditworthiness. The companies also will start giving people a year to resolve delinquent medical debt that has been sent to collections before reporting it — up from six months previously. Next year, the companies also...

Hospital Rules Inflate Costs, Provide Little Benefit

Northwestern University – If health care facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes don't follow patient safety rules set by The Joint Commission (TJC)—the independent organization responsible for accrediting health care facilities—they may lose their accreditation, and consequently, lose patients and millions of dollars every year in funding. But what if those rules aren't supported by evidence? A new Northwestern Medicine study found of the new rules issued during a one-year period by the TJC, many...

11 Supermarkets That Give Seniors a Discount

 AARP – Here’s a list of 11 grocery stores across the country that have set senior discount days. ​ ALBERTSONS Locations: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and other central and western states Age for discount: Varies Deal: Senior discount is available at select stores throughout the country. Customers are encouraged to reach out to their store to confirm if there’s a senior discount.​ HARRIS TEETER Locations: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, and D.C. Age for discount:...

Her First Colonoscopy Cost Her $0. Her Second Cost $2,185. Why?

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make preventive health care such as mammograms and colonoscopies free of charge to patients without cost sharing ...  KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. “I want to do everything I can to stay healthy so that I can be skiing and hiking into my 80s — hopefully even 90s!” said the 59-year-old...

Hospitals push for higher prices while hiding real rates from consumers

Views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill.  THE HILL – American hospitals are reportedly looking to increase their prices by up to 15 percent, in line with historical trends that have seen them raise rates by roughly double the prevailing inflation rate. Hospital prices are already outrageous, regularly throwing patients into bankruptcy and financial ruin. Significantly increasing hospitals’ prices and negotiated rates will further burden healthcare consumers — including patients,...

This Is Why Hospitals Can Charge $6,000 Or $60,000 For The Exact Same Procedure

ZERO HEDGE – Several months back, we pointed out how new disclosure laws would be forcing hospitals to disclose the cost of services and rates negotiated by insurers. Now, the numbers are starting to trickle in - and they're ugly. Roughly 6,000 hospitals across the nation are starting to reveal the rates they negotiate with insurers for a number of procedures. The figures show how widely prices vary for the same procedure depending on who is paying,...

Florida Man Gets 20 Years For Covid Cash Theft

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds faces up to 20 years in federal prison for laundering most of the money through a fake business. Among his purchases were a luxury car and a pickup truck, federal prosecutors said. Keith William Nicoletta, 48, of Dade City, pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy to launder stolen COVID relief funds, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Tampa. He...

COVID-19 Fraud Is Big Business

Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information, or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test for you and collect payment information for the test.

Porn Stars Get ‘Crushing’ News About Their Livelihoods

Pornhub banned from Visa, Mastercard over videos of rape, underage sex PLUS: The health costs of too much porn AP via Headline Wealth – Mastercard and Visa said Thursday they would block their customers from using the credit cards to make purchases on Pornhub following accusations the pornographic website showed videos of rape and underage sex. They reacted following an investigation by opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times that also alleged the site depicts revenge...

Irresistibly Cute: BBB Warns On Pet Sales Scams

Online puppy scams rising sharply in 2020, BBB warns Dec 2, 2020 Better Business Bureau – The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased demand for pets as people seek adding a pet to the family to ease the loneliness and tension of prolonged time at home. Many feel that they now have more time to train a puppy. With this rising demand has come a spike in pet scams, in which an online search ends with a would-be...

Boy, 9, Falls Off Bike, Needs Stitches; ER Bills $18,933

After Kid’s Minor Bike Accident, Major Bill Sets Legal Wheels in Motion Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News, November 25, 2020 Adam Woodrum was out for a bike ride with his wife and kids on July 19 when his then 9-year-old son, Robert, crashed. “He cut himself pretty bad, and I could tell right away he needed stitches,” said Woodrum. Because they were on bikes, he called the fire department in Carson City, Nevada. “They were great,” said...

Hospital Profits Soar While Millions Face Economic Hardship

"Unpayable charges are a calamity for our patients, too many of whom ... become burdened by devastating debt, hounded by bill collectors or driven into bankruptcy." Nov 22, 2020 Salon – Hospitals in the United States charge patients as much as 1,800% more than their costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. The 100 most expensive hospitals in the United States charge between $1,129 and $1,808 for every $100 of their costs, according...
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