Surprise Medical Bills Can Take Years to Resolve

A Consumer Reports survey “found two out of three people who had a major medical expense within the past two years had an issue with their bill. More than one-third said they had paid bills they weren’t even sure they owed,” according to KSAT-TV.

So what can you do to ease the pain?

Linden ultimately worked with a nonprofit patient advocacy group, which laid out the steps he should take. Another option is to hire a medical billing advocate for a fee.

Texas law allows many consumers, depending on their insurance provider, to seek mediation for balanced bills that exceed $500. The program is run by the Texas Department of Insurance. http://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/cpmmediation.html

If you do actually owe the bill, you can also try to negotiate with the provider yourself. They may offer a payment plan or discount if you agree to pay in cash immediately.

 

For more information on the issues surrounding medical debt, please contact RIP Medical Debt.