Julie Appleby

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Health insurance prices for care are now out there, but finding them is an ordeal

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

A dump of tens of thousands of colossal digital files from a single insurer is not unusual, and it'll be weeks before data firms can put the information in a usable format for employers and patients.


Three things to know about health insurance coverage for abortion

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, whether a health plan paid for abortion varied widely. Now it's become even more complex, with conflicts and court challenges on the horizon.


How much health insurers pay for almost everything is about to go public

Friday, July 01, 2022

New government rules are forcing insurers to post on websites what they pay for care or be fined, allowing consumers and employers to comparison shop for health services or negotiate better rates.


The case of the $489,000 air ambulance ride

Friday, March 25, 2022

Diagnosed with aggressive leukemia while on a trip to Wyoming, a man thought his insurance would cover an air ambulance ride home to North Carolina. Instead, he got hit with an astronomical bill.


Therapists say a new law requiring upfront cost estimates could discourage patients

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Some mental health providers object to the new requirement, which is part of the No Surprises Act. They say giving detailed cost estimates could discourage patients from getting care.


Some insurance brokers enroll people in ACA plans without consent

Monday, January 17, 2022

Some consumers "have gone months" without realizing someone had improperly enrolled them in ACA health plans, with tax credits that may need repaying. A proposed new rule would stop the practice.


Coming soon, a surprise billing law may have unintended effects on health care

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The new law means patients can't get hit with pricey, unexpected medical bills. Some experts say the regulation could also slow the growth of health insurance premiums.


Hospitals Have Started Posting Their Prices Online. Here's What They Reveal

Friday, July 02, 2021

Since January, hospitals were supposed to be disclosing true prices for their services, as a way to empower patients to shop around. Turns out, compliance is spotty and the data can be hard to find.


Surprise: The Charge For His Spine Surgery After A Car Crash Topped $700,000

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Generous personal injury coverage on your auto insurance policy may not be enough to cover your medical bills. Patients can get financially blindsided when car and health insurance policies differ.


Hospitals Forced To Be More Transparent About Pricing. Will That Save You Money?

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Under a rule that kicked in Jan. 1, hospitals must now make public the prices they negotiate with health insurers. But health policy experts have divergent views on what that will mean for patients.


Congress Acts To Spare Consumers From Costly Surprise Medical Bills

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Congress has passed a long-debated measure to stop health care providers from billing patients for charges not covered by their insurance. Here's how the new protection works.


Hey, COVID-19 Long-Haulers: Take Care In Shopping For Health Insurance

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Anyone with lingering effects of COVID-19 should be extra careful in picking a 2021 health plan, specialists say. You now have a "pre-existing condition" that could increase medical expenses in 2021.


A Kid, A Minor Bike Accident And A $19,000 Medical Bill

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

It was a surprise even for a family of lawyers. A process called "subrogation" began with a Nevada family's health insurer denying their claim for an ER visit after their 9-year-old fell off his bike.


The Affordable Care Act's Fate Is In Flux But 2021 Health Plan Prices Are Stable

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Affordable Care Act's future is uncertain and there's no end in sight to the pandemic. But for the 2021 insurance year consumers can expect to see modest increases in prices, if any.


How To Tell A Real COVID-19 Contact Tracer's Call From A Scammer's

Thursday, August 20, 2020

A loved one's health could depend on the truth if you get a call from a real contact tracer about your exposure to the coronavirus. But beware impostors who ask you for payment or to click on a link.


Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here's What Contact Tracers Really Do

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Recently, the idea of contact tracing has triggered some colorful misinformation campaigns. It's actually a tried-and-true public health tool that can curb the spread of the coronavirus.


Early Coronavirus Testing Restrictions Led To Some Big ER Bills

Monday, July 06, 2020

People with COVID-19 symptoms in March and April were often billed for expensive scans and bloodwork because they didn't qualify back then for a confirmatory coronavirus test. Some are crying foul.


Why It Takes So Long To Get Most COVID-19 Test Results

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Even many symptomatic patients and exposed health workers who are able to get a COVID-19 test must wait nearly a week to get results. Others get results in hours. Here's why it varies so much.


Self-Quarantine? Isolation? Social Distancing? What They Mean And When To Do Them

Monday, March 16, 2020

If someone tells you, "I'd love to go to dinner, but I'm socially distancing," don't be offended. It's likely they are trying to do their part for public health.


A $41,212 Surgery Bill Compounded A Patient's Appendicitis Pain

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A young man averted disaster after a friend took him to the nearest hospital just before his appendix burst. But more than a year later, he's still facing a huge bill for his out-of-network surgery.