They Beat Cancer, But Can They Beat the Medical Debt?

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They Beat Cancer, But Can They Beat the Medical Debt?

They Beat Cancer, But Can They Beat the Medical Debt?

Cancer survivors diagnosed at a young age or during later stages of their diseases were much more likely to need additional financial support during treatment, according to a new report from the Washington National Institute for Wellness Solutions. About a third (32%) of all survivors said they needed help with money during treatment. Simply put:… Read More

What If You Can’t Pay Your Medical Bills?

Personal Finance

What If You Can’t Pay Your Medical Bills?

What If You Can’t Pay Your Medical Bills?

If you or a loved one has ever experienced a serious illness, you know how quickly the medical bills can pile up. One day, it’s a bill for services rendered by the anesthesiologist. The next day, the radiologist wants his cut. Wasn’t this all supposed to be included in the hospital bill? Fortunately, limits on out-of-pocket… Read More

3 Shocking Medical Bill Stats

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3 Shocking Medical Bill Stats

3 Shocking Medical Bill Stats

More than half of Americans say they are sometimes or always confused by medical bills, possibly because few patients are offered cost estimates of treatment before they receive it. These findings are outlined in a recent report from TransUnion Healthcare based on a survey of more than 7,000 American household decision-makers with health insurance. Paying for… Read More

10 Ways to Fight High Medical Bills

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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

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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

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