Medical problems are scary enough, but surprise bills are wiping out savings and leading to bankruptcy, ruined credit and other disasters for consumers – and it’s getting a growing amount of attention from state officials this fall.
Take a Boca Raton woman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She went to a hospital in her health plan’s network.
What she did not see coming: a surgeon not in the network billed $85,000. To her shock, she was told she had to pay $81,890, on top of other charges and premiums.
Florida insurance consumer advocate Sha’Ron James cited that example among others last week in a forum designed to help Florida legislators take a fresh look at surprise medical bills after efforts to tackle it stalled last spring.