10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

Managing Debt

10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

We may all have health insurance now, but that doesn’t make our medical bills magically disappear. No, we still have plenty to pay out-of-pocket. In recent years, employers have shifted a greater portion of health care costs to workers. The 19th annual Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health employer survey found that employees now pay for 37%… Read More

The Ambulance Loophole That Could Cost You Big

Managing Debt

The Ambulance Loophole That Could Cost You Big

The Ambulance Loophole That Could Cost You Big

When Jo-Anne deLeon called 911 last month because her husband Jimmy was having a heart attack, two ambulances showed up at her house. Then, a $750 bill showed up. The bill wasn’t for the ambulance, or the ride. It was for the paramedic inside ambulance No. 2, after he jumped into ambulance No. 1. The… Read More

Medical Debt Unfairly Hurts Credit Scores, CFPB Says

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Medical Debt Unfairly Hurts Credit Scores, CFPB Says

Medical Debt Unfairly Hurts Credit Scores, CFPB Says

Credit scores unfairly punish consumers who don’t pay their medical bills right away, according to a study just released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What’s more, scores for consumers with unpaid or late medical bills inaccurately predict the creditworthiness of those consumers, the study suggests. Consumers who are late paying medical bills should be… Read More

How to Avoid Going Broke After an ER Visit

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How to Avoid Going Broke After an ER Visit

How to Avoid Going Broke After an ER Visit

The terrifying experience of visiting the emergency room often continues when you receive the bill. Medical costs can be high and one trip to the emergency room can have a serious (and often disastrous) impact on your finances. Here are four tips to avoid going broke from a medical emergency. 1. Think About It Ahead… Read More

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

Personal Finance

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

A Guide to Your High-Deductible Insurance Plan

New year, new insurance plan! As of Jan. 1, many people suddenly are in possession of a high-deductible insurance plan. This may sound scary (High deductible! Reach for your wallet!), but it doesn’t have to be. We’re going to give you seven helpful hints on how to deal. First, the landscape: For many of us,… Read More

In a Coma & Going Broke

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In a Coma & Going Broke

In a Coma & Going Broke

You will never wind up in a coma. It only happens to those poor souls on the nightly news. Or in the movies.  It’s never people like you. Are you sure? Last week, I updated my will and other end-of-life documents. It did make me stop and think about a lot of things. My money… Read More

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

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Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

Why Are Ambulance Rides So Expensive?

How does a 5-mile ride turn into an $800 bill? Last week, we told the story of Jim Mathes, who was angry about the bill he received after he took a short ride to the hospital, the first installment of our new Consumer Rage series. Readers raged, too, both for and against the ambulance industry… Read More

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