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Medical Bills: The Monsters in Your Mailbox

Odds are you or someone you know will receive a medical bill in the mail that is accidentally or purposefully incorrect (experts estimate between 40% – 80% of all medical bills contain errors). Consumers pay nearly $68 billion dollars in medical bills they don’t owe every year http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/daily-reports/2010/april/05/health-care-billing-errors.aspx, with […]

Our False Sense of “Insurity”

“I have good insurance! Why am I getting these bills? I thought I was covered!”

Whether you have ACA insurance, Medicare or a policy through your employer, you need to know your fiscal risks.

 

Unless you are a high ranking political pundit or have a titanium policy courtesy of a rarified corporate […]

Policy Makers, Insurers and Risk

As the leader of a healthcare advocacy, I can assure you that there’s no such than as a living, breathing percentage. Humans have heartbeats, statistics don’t. Every person is an individual, with medical and mental health needs as unique as their fingerprints. Yet on a far too regular basis, statisticians […]

How to Stay On Top of Your Family’s Healthcare

Summer months for many families include trips to the doctor’s office for annual check-ups and vaccinations. Making sure the family gets the care they need for a fair price is a big responsibility, but with a bit of pre-planning and organization, you can navigate the system successfully. We advise clients to […]

Of Sound Mind and Body? Not in the Midst of a Medical Event.

For a last will and testament to be considered legally binding, the law requires one be of “sound mind and body.” Yet, when an individual is signing paperwork in a doctor’s office or emergency room, there is no such stipulation. Our laws fight to protect the distribution of our possessions […]

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The Ongoing Costs of Cancer

NBC news reported today on the thousands of dollars, on average, cancer survivors pay each year after their initial treatments www.nbcnews.com/health/what-cancer-costs-you .

Having insurance is just the tip of the iceberg.  Major medical events can be fiscally catastrophic.  It is critical you review every bill, and take every possible opportunity to negotiate […]

Medicare Patients: Admission vs. Observation Can Cost You Big $$$

A recent Reuters report, Medicare Patients: Beware of ‘observation status’ in hospitals, outlines the dangers of hospital status to Medicare patients.  Hospitals are under pressure to avoid re-admission of Medicare patients, causing an increase in patients being given “observation” status rather than “inpatient” status. […]

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Insurers “Bait and Switch” In-network Providers

Several Affordable Care Act (ACA) clients across the country where insurers have listed healthcare providers in their preferred networks, only to have patients find that the information is false and their doctors/hospitals are out of network.  A local news station in Georgia launched an Investigation into Georgia Insurer that included a […]

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Two Tips to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Here are two tips that can help save money on your prescription drugs:
• Call pharmacies in your area to price shop. The prices, even with your insurance card prescription benefit, can vary dramatically between pharmacies. It pays to shop around.
• Ask pharmacies what the price of the prescription is without […]

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“The Worst Part about Breast Cancer” published in Huffington Post Women

CEO Sarah O’Leary wrote a piece that was featured today in Huffington Post Women about the very real and often unforeseen financial damages of major medical events.
Here is the link to the article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-oleary/the-worst-part-about-breast-cancer_b_4084838.html

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