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How Can I Negotiate an Sky-High Ambulance Charge on My Medical Bill?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 10.28.2014 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Negotiating a lower balance, even if you can't pay it off in a lump sum, will remove a considerable burden from your shoulders.

Money, Power and Your Health

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

There is little doubt that lack of sufficient money constitutes a major stress and contributes to bodily ills. Our attitudes toward money undergird much of our lives, impacting our lifestyle and sense of well-being. Yet many of us ignore the task of managing our finances, often with dire consequences.

4 Ways A Large Medical Bill Could Sabotage Your Retirement (And What To Do About It)

Napala Pratini | Posted 10.12.2014 | Fifty
Napala Pratini

Whether you plan on spending your golden years sprawled out on a beach chair, pursuing a passion, or spending all your time with those who are closest to you, you'll need to be financially prepared. Part of having a robust game plan is being aware of the various expenses -- such as large medical bills -- that could damage your retirement.

4 Whopper Credit Card Mistakes To Avoid

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

You could really argue that having credit card debt in the first place is a mistake. However, credit cards can be a great financial tool as long as they are used responsibly. Think before you charge.

Watch Out: These 5 Forgotten Items May Blow Up Your Credit

Glen Craig | Posted 03.28.2014 | Money
Glen Craig

You're probably watching obvious items like your credit cards, and making payments on time, but there might be some forgotten items causing problems with your credit, and dragging down your score.

Washington Watch: "GOP Betting Against Obamacare?"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

The GOPers in the House are going for the gold -- voting for the 50th time to repeal Obamacare! There are so many pending issues that need attention ...

Yes, Obamacare Critics, Health Insurance Does Make You Healthier

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Critics don't want to admit that they've run out of criticisms of Obamacare. The website is working, enrollments are surging, and millions of Americans are getting affordable, high-quality health insurance.

America's Health Care Crisis Is Far From Over, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.29.2014 | Business

Even Americans who have health insurance struggle to pay their medical bills, according to a startling new analysis of Census data. And it's not clear...

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

14 hospitals in the United States are charging more than ten times their costs for treatment. Specifically, for every $100 one of these hospitals spends, the charge on the corresponding bill is nearly $1,200.

The Worst Part About Breast Cancer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

The patients who reach out while in the quicksand of catastrophic illness, like the 49-year-old man who was terminated by his insurance company because he had the nerve to contract brain cancer, are equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational.

One Oath to Unite Us

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

When the dedicated, expert hospital staff saves a life -- yet the survivor loses all of his assets down a fiscal rabbit hole because of wildly inflated medical bills -- how is the hospital honoring its vow?

Study: Wiser Prescription Drug Use Could Cut Health Costs By Billions

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. -- If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year...

Jeffrey Young

Big Percentage Of Families Struggle With Medical Bills, CDC Survey Reveals

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business

More than 1 in 5 Americans under age 65 had problems paying medical bills in 2011, and the burden disproportionately fell on the poor, the uninsured a...

Is Debt Settlement Possible for Hospital Bills I Could Not Afford?

Steve Rhode | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

Huffington Post Reader Question Dear Steve, One of my children experienced a medical condition in the fall of 2012 that required hospitalization. ...

Navigating the World of Health Insurance: A Checklist

Erin Havel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

Battling insurance corporations who do not want to pay for that $8,000 a month chemotherapy drug you need to survive while you are also battling cancer, is tremendously taxing. Here are a few very basic tips I learned through my own struggles with illness and insurance.

Catherine New

The Lame Reason A Retired Man Is Denied $1,100 Per Month

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business

For Marvin Burrows, the grief of losing his partner in 2005 was quickly followed by a different emotion: devastation as his financial life crumbled ar...

Ending Price-Gouging: Brill's Time Article and the Next Chapter in Health Reform

Diane Archer | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Diane Archer

In his extraordinarily well-documented expose on the medical-industrial complex, Steven Brill explains thoroughly and repeatedly what serious pundits, policy experts and policymakers have failed to see or have feared to say: there is no free market in health care.

5 Tips For Avoiding Medical Debt

U.S. News And World Report | Ben Edwards | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty

Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in the United States. Here are a few ways to lower your health care expenses: 1. Find catas...

Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Time | Posted 04.25.2013 | Healthy Living

When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get h...

Shopping for Surgery?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

If you're an uninsured New Yorker shopping for a hip replacement, the going rate in Manhattan is $18,260. If that sounds steep and you're willing to try medical tourism, the rate drops to $7,500 in Boston, $7,099 in Baltimore or $6,399 in Washington.

The U.S. Could Drastically Cut Health Care Costs With This One Move

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

* Study calls for national healthcare spending target * Group says plan could be "escape valve" in spending debate By Da...

Medical Bills & Minors: What You Should Know

Credit.com | Posted 02.09.2013 | Health News
Credit.com

By Gerri Detweiler It's bad enough to owe medical debt you can't pay. But what if you're young and being hounded by collectors for medical bills that...

Uninsured Student Advised To ‘Beg’ For Cancer Treatment (WATCH)

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.26.2012 | Health and Fitness

During his third year of law school, Freddie Effinger was diagnosed with late stage Hodgkin's lymphoma. While trying to cope with this news, Effinger...

Doctors and Nurses Charged In $429 Million Fake Billing Scheme

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 10.05.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including doctors and nurses, in seven cities with Medicare fraud schemes involving $429 m...

Romney's Health Care Plan Costs More, Covers Fewer People

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

Mitt Romney's health care plan would cost families more and cover fewer people than Obamacare, according to a pair of recent studies. The health pl...