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Confusing and High Bills Add to Anxiety and Suffering for Cancer Patients

Confusing and High Bills Add to Anxiety and Suffering for Cancer Patients

By Mary Politi, Washington University in St Louis | Feb 13
A personal account of how medical bills can amplify the struggle families face during a critical illness.

Transparent Hospital Pricing Reveals Wild Fluctuation

Transparent Hospital Pricing Reveals Wild Fluctuation

By Harriet Blair Rowan | Feb 7
The federal government's new rule requiring hospitals to post prices for their services is intended to allow patients to shop around and compare prices, a step toward price transparency that has generated praise and skepticism.

Hope You're Sitting Down: Hospital Charges $4.7K for Fainting Spell

Hope You're Sitting Down: Hospital Charges $4.7K for Fainting Spell

By Phil Galewitz | Jan 29
Matt Gleason had skipped getting a flu shot for more than a decade. This year, he decided to get one, but after a fainting spell and a 911 call from his colleagues, the bill came in at nearly $4,700.

Patients Turn to GoFundMe When Money and Hope Run Out

Patients Turn to GoFundMe When Money and Hope Run Out

By Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio | Jan 22
GoFundMe, the largest online, crowdsourced fundraising platform, says contributors have raised more than $5 billion, all told, from 50 million donations in the eight years it has been in business.

Liberal Lawmakers Challenge Trump with Drug Cost Legislation

Liberal Lawmakers Challenge Trump with Drug Cost Legislation

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jan 10
Challenging the Trump administration on a top consumer issue, leading congressional liberals are proposing legislation that would radically reduce U.S. prescription drug bills by linking prices to lower costs in other countries.

Mutual of Omaha Changes PrEP Policy for Insurance Applicants

Mutual of Omaha Changes PrEP Policy for Insurance Applicants

Jan 10
One of the country's largest insurance providers has agreed to stop denying all forms of insurance, including life and long-term care insurance, to Massachusetts residents using the HIV prevention medication Truvada.

A National Crisis: Families Insured But Still in Debt

A National Crisis: Families Insured But Still in Debt

By JoNel Allecia | Dec 31
One in four Americans reported in a recent poll that the high cost of health care is the biggest concern facing their families.

Secret Santas: Charity Buys and Erases Past-Due Medical Debt

Secret Santas: Charity Buys and Erases Past-Due Medical Debt

By Mary Esch | Dec 24
Philip Sasser had a familiar, sinking feeling when he saw the yellow envelope in his mailbox. He figured it was another past-due medical bill, but it turned out to be quite the opposite.

Health Suffers Deep in the Troubled Heart of Texas

Health Suffers Deep in the Troubled Heart of Texas

By Sharon Jayson | Dec 18
The booming $1.8 trillion Texas economy rivals that of many countries and puts the state at the top of a host of rankings. But the familiar Texas braggadocio disappears when it comes to health care.

Trump Pushes Congress for New Health Law after Court Ruling

Trump Pushes Congress for New Health Law after Court Ruling

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Dec 15
After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was "invalid," President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement.

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