Our Story Sharers are Making Headlines!

Zanira Ghulamhussain
Assistant Outreach Coordinator

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Consumers are speaking out to the press about their wildly unfair surprise medical bills, and their voices will only get louder as the exposure continues! Two of our story sharers  recently shared their surprise medical bills stories on Seattle’s King 5 news broadcast.

And many of us can personally relate to their stories. Karen Sticklin received a surprise bill of $593 for a series of biopsy tests sent to an out of network lab without her knowledge. Brian Rothstein, who had case of ulcerative colitis, naturally assumed that all of his costs would be covered by his insurance, but he received a surprise bill after his treatment. Consumers are paying more of their share for healthcare, and yet these added costs don’t equate to protection against costly surprise medical bills. Patients recovering from a medical procedure are shocked when they get a huge surprise medical bill from an out-of-network doctor or lab in the mail weeks or months later.

The response to these shocking, yet all too familiar stories, has been overwhelming! After posting our news coverage on Consumers Union’s Facebook page, we received numerous comments  from readers about their own experiences with surprise medical bills. Check them out here.

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler proposed a bill this past legislative session to protect Washington consumers from surprise emergency services bills that can add hundreds to thousands of dollars in unexpected costs. The bill evolved into a study bill which lawmakers did not pass, but Commissioner Kreidler intends future efforts to protect consumers.Consumers across the nation hunger for the passage of surprise medical bill protection. When will lawmakers finally listen to their constituents and act?

This wont be an easy fight, but we have a path to victory. Tell us your surprise medical bill story and join our campaign to end surprise medical bills! You can also share your stories and follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BuyERbeware and #EndSurpriseMedBills.  

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