Stories from You: NBC Covers Surprise Medical Bill Nightmare

Zanira Ghulamhussain
Assistant Outreach Coordinator

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Last Friday night, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt aired part two of their story on Surprise Medical Bills. The story focused on Raquel D’Andrea and the $100,000 bill she received after her daughter received emergency heart surgery at two months old. (Read about part one here.)The family had insurance but unbeknownst to them, the insurance did not cover everything in the ER. The family was charged for hospital supplies, assistant surgeons, and x-ray technicians. Raquel’s enormous bill was reduced to $10,00 after her mother stepped in and helped with the fight.

Not everyone can successfully knock down their surprise medical bills, which is why we’re fighting for  surprise billing protections in the states. New York and Florida have recently passed legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills and over 20 states are considering  legislation.

Surprise Medical Bills are a colossal problem, but working together will allow us to defeat surprise medical bills for good. Please sign our petition and  share your story to help us illustrate the huge impact of surprise medical bills. With such huge interest from national and local media, your story could end up on the news!


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