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Exorbitant Out-of-Network Charges Detailed in New Report
October 19, 2015
Exorbitant Out-of-Network Charges Detailed in New Report

It seems that every week, the media reports more instances of patients being billed an exorbitant amount by an out-of-network provider, which likely came via a surprise medical bill. Far and wide, out-of-network providers are seemingly billing any amount they wish for their services. AHIP – America’s Health Insurance Plans – put out a report…

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Cost Variances for Healthcare Procedures
October 13, 2015
Cost Variances for Healthcare Procedures

Costs for medical procedures and services vary widely across the country. A recent study conducted by Castlight Health, Inc. sheds light on cost variances for healthcare procedures in different cities across the country. In this study, the 30 most populous cities were scrutinized for what some healthcare facilities charged for some common procedures and services. Middle-aged…

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Negotiate Your Healthcare Costs Ahead of Time
October 6, 2015
Negotiate Your Healthcare Costs Ahead of Time

We encourage all consumers to share your stories of inaccurate charges and unfair pricing on your medical bills so that we can share them anonymously with other consumers. Doing so has a two-fold effect: it helps others to see that they are not alone when they have been charged outrageous prices by a healthcare facility…

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Helpful Hints for Scrutinizing your Hospital Bills
September 22, 2015
Helpful Hints for Scrutinizing your Hospital Bills

Medical Billing Advocates of America has seen a lot of abusive billing practices in the healthcare industry in the past 20 years. From charges for teddy bears and boxes of tissues to double and even triple billing, the advocates at MBAA know what to look for when scrutinizing your hospital bills. The first important thing…

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Healthcare Costs in Retirement – Medicare, Retiree Plans and Individual Plans
August 31, 2015
Healthcare Costs in Retirement – Medicare, Retiree Plans and Individual Plans

You’ve dreamed of it most of your working life – retirement. Your retirement years should be filled with rest, relaxation and activities you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time. You’ve planned financially since you were a young adult. Now that it’s here, unfortunately, you might be worried that you don’t have quite…

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Take Control of Your Prescription Drug Costs
August 7, 2015
Take Control of Your Prescription Drug Costs

What if a cure for a life-threatening disease was within your reach, as long as you could afford the hefty price tag? The famous political and consumer activist Ralph Nader referred to prescription drug costs as “pay-or-die drug prices” in a 2014 article. This might sound harsh to many, but when you think about it,…

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It Pays to Comparison Shop for Healthcare Costs
July 20, 2015
It Pays to Comparison Shop for Healthcare Costs

The wide array of healthcare costs witnessed all around the U.S. is evident if you ever decide to shop around for the price of a procedure. A colonoscopy might cost less than $1,000 at one facility and $4,000 at a neighboring facility. A hernia operation might cost you three times as much at one hospital…

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How to Handle Surprise Medical Bills
June 26, 2015
How to Handle Surprise Medical Bills

There’s nothing worse than getting a surprise bill in the mail. No one likes to receive bills, but when it’s a medical bill, it can seem even worse because most medical bills are so difficult to understand. The whole system of medical billing practices can be really confusing to most people. Something that’s becoming all too…

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Common Medical Billing Mistakes – Part III: How to Protect Yourself
June 19, 2015
Common Medical Billing Mistakes – Part III: How to Protect Yourself

Being aware of the most common ways in which the medical billing community makes mistakes can save you a lot of money. It’s important that a patient feels capable of reviewing his or her own medical bills and evaluating them for mistakes and feels comfortable enough to contact his or her own insurance company or doctor’s office regarding the…

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Credit Bureaus Offering Breaks to Those With Large Medical Debts
June 8, 2015
Credit Bureaus Offering Breaks to Those With Large Medical Debts

A person’s FICO credit score can have a major impact on his or her life. This score tells creditors whether a person is financially responsible or not. Based on this score, people may or may not be able to get a loan to purchase a car or home or other purchase that requires a strong credit history….

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