Out-of-Control Medical Billing is Hindering Pandemic Recovery

Posted June, 15 2021 by Amanda Dunker

In a recent survey, one-third of people who still haven’t been vaccinated against Covid-19 said fear of the cost is a factor. Federal law is very clear: no health care provider is allowed to bill any patient for the vaccine. But with a health care system that produces so many medical billing horror stories, it’s […]

New York’s Insurer Rate Applications are in – Here’s How to Comment!

Posted June, 9 2021 by Amanda Dunker

Premium requests made by New York’s insurance companies have been posted, and consumers have the chance to share their thoughts on these requests! New York State requires this approval for all individual market, small group, and Medicare Advantage plans. If your plan is part of this process, you should have received a letter from your […]

Facility Fees Leave Patients with Large Surprise Medical Bills

Posted June, 8 2021 by Amanda Dunker

Ellen, a Long Islander, received an unexpected and unwelcomed bill from a hospital system when she went to her doctor’s office for a biopsy.  She was not anticipating a “net facility charge” of $2,142 which she was not informed of.   She protests that she was not provided with any notice that she would be charged […]

New York Must Protect its Patients from Predatory Interest Rates

Posted May, 10 2021 by Amanda

New Yorkers struggle with health care costs, even when they have insurance. Over 50,000 New York patients have been sued for medical debt by non-profit hospitals in the past five years—over 5,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic (March – December 2020). Check out the Community Service Society of New York’s Discharged Into Debt: A Pandemic Update report here to learn […]