In 2021, greater than 880 of you submitted concepts for KHN-NPR’s Invoice of the Month investigative collection, trusting us with two of essentially the most private subjects in life: your well being and your cash. We’re deeply grateful. Our trove of payments and tales — constructing steadily to just about 5,000 since February 2018 — tells us that American well being care’s monetary toll is a burden for a lot too many individuals, and that our well being system is commonly higher at selling its personal monetary pursuits than defending the general public.
The tales we instructed in 2021 illuminate some practices which were taking place for many years and others which might be new. We met Kyunghee Lee, who needed to know why the invoice for her arthritis injection was abruptly 10 instances extra when her physician’s workplace moved one flooring up. And we met the Salerno household, who helped us uncover how “obstetric emergency departments” imply supersized payments for even the healthiest, most routine births. In case you missed any, take time to examine and pay attention to every of our Invoice of the Month episodes from this 12 months — and assist defend your self from sticker shock.
We head into 2022 with a brand new federal legislation in opposition to shock medical payments, which takes impact Jan. 1. Although it’s removed from an ideal legislation, it’s a solution to a dialog our Invoice of the Month affected person, Drew Calver, helped begin in 2018 when he wrote in in regards to the $109,000 invoice he owed after his coronary heart assault, regardless of insurance coverage. We embark on the fifth 12 months of our crowdsourced investigation with extra federal laws launched because of a Invoice of the Month function — it will be nice if that repair for the arbitrary “birthday rule” that may ensnare new mother and father in crimson tape took lower than 4 years to treatment.
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Invoice of the Month is a crowdsourced investigation by KHN and NPR that dissects and explains medical payments. Do you’ve got an attention-grabbing medical invoice you wish to share with us? Inform us about it!
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