Posts for Medical Debt

Sens. Warnock, Ossoff & Baldwin Want to Close the Medicaid Gap, Congress Must Act

This week Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock released a legislative proposal with senators Ossoff and Baldwin to close the Medicaid coverage gap in states that have yet to adopt Medicaid expansion.

Protecting People from Medical Debt: Successful Strategies from State Advocacy Campaigns

Several states have put forward legislation to protect patients from medical debt through improving hospital financial assistance policies and restricting debt collection activities against low-income individuals.

Doggett Kicks off Legislative Efforts to Close the Medicaid Gap

We commend Rep. Doggett for his commitment to closing the Medicaid coverage gap, but we believe that this proposal could present challenges to the implementation of Medicaid expansion and leave consumers confused about who is covered.

Hospital Billing and Financial Practices: “First Do No Harm”

Hospitals Should Make Certain Their Policies Do Not Burden Community Residents or Employees   The doctrine, First Do No Harm, is a fundamental health care principle. It guides providers as they consider the possible harm that might result from their actions or interventions. At this time when...

Know Your Rights in Hospital Community Benefit Obligations

Too few people understand that non-profit hospitals are legally obligated to provide financial assistance or charity care, as well as other investments that benefit the community.

Two Hearings, One Priority: Consumers Must Pay Less for Prescription Drugs

This week, two congressional hearings on lowering prescription drug prices took center stage. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee held hearings on the high cost of prescription drugs.

Feds, States and Health System Need to Take Action to Reduce Disproportionate Medical Debt Burden on Black Communities

It is impossible to ignore the acute devastation faced by many Black individuals and their families during the current dual public health and economic crises.

Health Policy Win: Georgia Advocates Pass a New Law Protecting Consumers from Surprise Medical Billing

Despite having health insurance, one in five adults have received a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider in the past two years alone. For many consumers, these bills have created serious financial burdens for themselves and their families. While...

Consumers Call on Congress to Do The Right Thing – Pass Legislation To End Surprise Medical Bills Now!

Who might guess that doing the right thing – going in to be tested for the novel coronavirus after the onset of flu-like symptoms following a trip to China – could result in a surprise medical bill of more than...

Looking Back/Looking Forward: Taking Stock of 2019 and What to Anticipate in 2020

When it comes to health care, 2019 was an intense year full of many challenges and also some bright spots. As it recedes in the rear view mirror, let’s take a look at some of the key developments from 2019...

On Medical Debt, It’s Patients Who Need Protecting – Not Collection Agencies

For decades, Community Catalyst has supported initiatives that reduce the financial exposure people face from medical bills.

The Hypocrisy of the Trump Administration In Its Willingness to Protect Americans From Surprise Medical Bills

Trump recently laid out broad principles and called on Congress to pass legislation that ends surprise medical billing. Unfortunately, those principles fall short of outlining the protections consumers need.

The Hits Keep on Coming - Medicaid Expansion Helps Rural Hospitals Stay Open

This blog is part of a series highlighting recent research illustrating various benefits of expanding Medicaid - from improving health and state budget savings to reducing rates of uninsurance and uncompensated care costs.

Money, Money, Money, Money: Unpacking New Data on Hospital Profitability and Pricing

A recent Health Affairs study on hospital profitability has been garnering national press attention for finding that seven of the “Top 10” most profitable hospitals were non-profits. These findings will likely reverberate in states where policymakers are currently revisiting the...

Much Ado about Rates

Lately, we’ve seen a flood of states announcing new health insurance rates for plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So what do they all mean? To start, the new rates are mainly for the individual market, for people who buy insurance on their own.

The Insider: Second Anniversary Check-in on the ACA

With today’s blog we welcome back “The Insider,” Community Catalyst Policy Director Michael Miller, who will continue to provide an “inside out” perspective on major policy and political developments in the health policy arena. Though today’s blog is very

ACA Protections Go to Campus

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new proposed rule that takes an important step toward ensuring that students who purchase a health plan through their university or college will be able to benefit from

Mini Meds: The Insurance Industry Swindle

Is a few thousand dollars worth of health care coverage really insurance? Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) raised this question at a December 1 hearing appropriately entitled Are Mini-Med Policies Really Health Insurance? As chair of the Senate Commerce, Sc

Can Medical Bills Ruin Your Credit?

Ever been puzzled by bills from a doctor or hospital?  Not sure which services you were supposed to pay for and the amount owed?  Unclear on whether to pay the provider or wait for your insurance company to do so?  If you answered yes to any of these ques
1 2 3