Latest from Slate: Surprise Medical Bills Fueling U.S. Medical Debt Crisis

Spencer Watson
Public Policy Intern

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

“It feels like a scam,” says Cybele Perry, a mother who received a surprise medical bill after her baby was born. An exhausted mom, Perry didn’t think to ask if the company performing the newborn hearing test for her baby was “in-network” at the in-network hospital she just gave birth in. Instead, she learned the […]

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Do or Die Surprise Medical Bills Vote in California: Contact your Senator!

Daniela Nuñez
Social Media Program Manager

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Powerful medical interest groups are doing everything in their power to defeat the bill that will end surprise medical bills. Act now!

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Surprise Medical Bills Could End in California: AB 72 passes Senate Appropriations Committee

Daniela Nuñez
Social Media Program Manager

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Yesterday, AB 72 jumped over a big hurdle, passing the Senate Appropriations Committee (5-0) and will be sent to the full Senate for a vote.

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Consumers Union Story Sharer Becomes Face of Texas Fight to End Surprise Medical Bills

Danielle Blustein
Advocacy Intern

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Texas

Texas Tribune features Consumers Union story sharer who went to ER, left with surprise medical bills

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You just got a surprise emergency room bill…now what?

Spencer Watson
Public Policy Intern

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

“If you’re having a heart attack,” says Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, you’re probably “not going to ask if the doctor treating you takes your insurance” as you are getting wheeled into the hospital. Patients across America check into hospitals with a medical emergency and come out with a billing emergency […]

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San Francisco Chronicle Puts Surprise Medical Bills Fight on the Front Page

Daniela Nuñez
Social Media Program Manager

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Today’s front page San Francisco Chronicle story featuring your surprise medical bill stories brings a huge boost to our legislative effort.

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Consumers Union calls on California Committee to Stand Up for Consumers

Daniela Nuñez
Social Media Program Manager

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We have a real shot at passing AB 72 that will bring a long-awaited end to surprise medical bills in California.

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As seen on Reddit: Georgia Couple Wrongly Saddled With Surprise Charge After Negotiating Bill With Doctor

Spencer Watson
Public Policy Intern

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Preventative care keeps patients healthy, away from the emergency room, and from costly medical bills. Usually. But for one Georgia couple, a routine test instead blindsided them with a sizeable out-of-network charge.

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Feature Post: Air Ambulance Flights Leave Many with Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills

Angela Perry
Policy Analyst

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Air ambulance helicopter.

Patients who survive a medical emergency should not have to go bankrupt from over-the-top air ambulance bills.

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Sacramento Bee publishes Consumers Union op-ed: Give patients protection from surprise medical bills

Daniela Nuñez
Social Media Program Manager

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Our new op-ed in the Sacramento Bee makes a strong case why California lawmakers should pass AB 72 when they return to work next month.

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