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White House: We're ready to bring an end to surprise medical bills, is Congress?
  Friday 29 November, 2019
White House: We\'re ready to bring an end to surprise medical bills, is Congress?

After weeks of inactivity, lawmakers have returned home for Thanksgiving where they will get hit with another round of ads from the swamp’s special-interest moneymakers who value profits more than patients. They need to listen to Drew Calver’s story and hear how some tried to turn a medical emergency into a financial killing.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump stood with Drew and his wife Erin from Austin, Texas in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and discussed Drew’s jarring story of a hospital system that sought to take advantage of their family’s emergency.

Drew had a heart attack in 2017 and went to a nearby hospital. Thankfully, he survived. The hospital was out of network, but his insurer paid the hospital a generous amount nonetheless — nearly $56,000 for his four day hospitalization. The hospital saw this as too little, though, and billed Drew for an additional $109,000.

Drew thought he was totally covered
This came as a “surprise medical bill” to Drew, who has insurance through his job as a high school teacher and expected to be covered from financial tragedy if he ever faced a medical emergency. The hospital all but admitted how ludicrous the bill was when they dropped Drew’s balance down to $332.29 after there was public outcry over the absurd cost.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/11/27/white-house-ready-bring-end-surprise-medical-bills-column/4307632002/

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