Medical Debt Illegally Added to Credit Reports – Get Pissed

A report issued today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) examines the financial consequences of medical billing and collections endured by individuals and families across the country. The report draws from the rising volume of medical billing and collection complaints submitted to the CFPB. The CFPB is using today’s research to strengthen its across … Read more

One Thing the Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped: Aggressive Medical-Debt Collection

Darcel Richardson knows she’s fortunate in one sense: She still has her job as a vocational counselor in Baltimore. But despite that, she won’t be able to make her rent payment this month because she’s not getting her full salary for a while. More than $400 per biweekly paycheck — about a quarter of her … Read more

Doctors and Nurses Have Pay Slashed While Fighting Coronavirus to Save Your Life

Emergency room doctors and nurses many of whom are dealing with an onslaught of coronavirus patients and shortages of protective equipment — are now finding out that their compensation is getting cut. Most ER providers in the U.S. work for staffing companies that have contracts with hospitals. Those staffing companies are losing revenue as hospitals … Read more

Does Insurance Cover Coronavirus? Millennials May Know Best

Covid-19 has spread throughout the globe and is now in the United States. The question now is: How prepared are Americans, and how worried are they about the flu-like disease that originated in Wuhan, China? ValuePenguin surveyed more than 1,000 Americans about the coronavirus outbreak, including questions about their worries, how much they have spent … Read more

The Coronavirus Might Just Kill Your Finances Before It Kills Anyone You Know

The coronavirus, AKA COVID-19, might be more life-threatening to the those who least suspect and the old but the life implications might just kill the financial lives of a wide swath of people. Year-after-year the warnings come out about how much people save for an emergency. The results are never good. Bankrate reported in 2019 … Read more

Affordable Care Act Leads to Better Educated and Skilled Workers

By Rajashri Chakrabarti and Maxim Pinkovskiy Getting health insurance in America is intimately connected to choosing whether and where to work. Therefore, it should not be surprising that the U.S. health insurance market may influence, and be influenced by, the market for higher education—which itself is closely tied to the labor market. In this post, … Read more

What to Do if You Get a Massive Medical Bill

It’s scary to receive a medical bill that’s costlier than expected. Medical debt can sometimes lead to bankruptcy and hurt things like your credit score and ability to buy a home. Some let the payment notices pile up unopened because they’re afraid of the cost. It’s human nature to avoid unpleasant news, said Annelise Moss Bretthauer, certified … Read more

How Dignity Health Stuck an ER Nurse and New Mom With a $898,984 Bill for Her Premature Baby

Lauren Bard opened the hospital bill this month and her body went numb. In bold block letters it said, “AMOUNT DUE: $898,984.57.” Last fall, Bard’s daughter, Sadie, had arrived about three months prematurely; and as a nurse herself, Bard knew the costs for Sadie’s care would be high. But she’d assumed the bulk would be … Read more

Why Aren’t More Women Getting Mammograms?

It’s that time of year again, when we see the colors changing all around us. Not the reds, oranges, and yellows of the fall foliage — we’re talking about the explosion of pink ribbons, T-shirts, and merchandise that sprouts up every October for national breast cancer awareness month.  Launched in 1985, the month is focused … Read more

Thousands of Patients Face Lawsuits From Nonprofit Hospitals That Trap Them in Debt

Over the past few months, several hospitals have announced major changes to their financial assistance policies, including curtailing the number of lawsuits they file against low-income patients unable to pay their medical bills. Investigative reports have spurred the moves, and they prompted criticism from a top federal official. “We are learning the lengths to which … Read more

Health Insurance Companies Don’t Really Give a Damn About Fraud

Like most of us, William Murphy dreads calling health insurance companies. They route him onto a rollercoaster of irrelevant voice menus, and when he finally reaches a human, it’s a customer service rep who has no idea what he’s talking about. Then it can take days to hear back, if anyone responds at all. The … Read more

“Humbled”: Nonprofit Christian Hospital Dials Back Aggressive Debt Collection and Raises Wages After Our Investigation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will raise the minimum wage it pays employees, dramatically expand its financial assistance policy for hospital care and stop suing its own employees for unpaid medical debts, hospital officials announced Tuesday. The broad reforms were prompted by a MLK50-ProPublica investigation that detailed how the nonprofit hospital system used … Read more

Low-Wage Workers Are Being Sued for Unpaid Medical Bills by a Nonprofit Christian Hospital That Employs Them

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. MEMPHIS, Tennessee — This year, a Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare housekeeper left her job just three hours into her shift and caught a bus to Shelby County General Sessions Court. Wearing her … Read more

The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — In July 2007, Carrie Barrett went to the emergency room at Methodist University Hospital, complaining of shortness of breath and tightness in her chest. Her leg was swollen, she’d later recall, and her toes were turning black. Given her family history, high blood pressure and newly diagnosed congestive heart failure, doctors performed … Read more

Memory Cafes Offer Dementia Patients & Caregivers a Day Out with Dignity

Coping with a loved one’s dementia is difficult enough at home, where they’re surrounded by familiar faces and objects. Going out to social activities can become a major ordeal, and many caregivers and patients suffer from isolation as a result. One path through the social maze: “Memory cafes” that allow dementia patients and their families … Read more