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The Remedy For Surprise Medical Bills May Lie In Stitching Up Federal Law

Sunday, 10th September 2018

 

"When Drew Calver had a heart attack last year, his health plan paid nearly $56,000 for the 44-year-old's emergency hospital stay at St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a hospital that wasn't in his insurance network. But the hospital charged Calver another $108,951. That sum — a so-called balance bill — was the difference between what the hospital and his insurer thought his care was worth.

Though in-network hospitals must accept previously contracted rates from health plans, out-of-network hospitals can try to bill as they like."

 

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Web-link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/09/10/645561263/the-remedy-for-sur...
Language: English
Contact: Michelle Andrews, Julie Appleby


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