Posts for Medical Debt

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
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