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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Are You Being Charged Incorrectly for Medical Bills?

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According to a recent article “Health care spending in the U.S. is five (5) times that of defense and three (3) times that of education. Health care insurers, Medicare, Medicaid, and consumers bear the cost of fraud, which represents an ever-growing burden in the form of increased premiums, taxes, co-pays and deductibles.”

Of this $51 billion issue, upwards of $10 billion of it is likely coming from overcharges on medical bills like yours.

I just ran across this organization, Medical Billing Advocates of America, in a well-known magazine. You can find an advocate to help you prevent overpayments on your individual medical bills or to recover money you’ve already spent. Search for an advocate by state or find advocates who specialize in your particular case.

They even have a guide on how to become a better health billing advocate for yourself, knowing what to watch for on your bills. I plan to contact them this week to see if they have any advice for some medical bills I am being charged for inappropriately!

If anyone has any experience with them (good or bad) we’d love to hear your story!

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2 Comments»

  Young Wife wrote @

Thanks for the post. We must constantly stay on top of all our bills and insurance paperwork. You have to read everything. Right now our insurance company is delaying payment by asking for a certificate of coverage. Uh, well, they made us give them one when we signed up, otherwise we couldn’t have signed up in the middle of the year. We would have had to wait for open enrollment. Anyway, the insurance company won’t call us back. It’s very frustrating. Medical Billing Advocates sounds like a great group!

  Holly Knapp wrote @

As a Medical Billing Advocate in Colorado, I help people that are confused about insurance denials and don’t know how to get their claims processed correctly. It is very rewarding to get monies paid on their behalf that they deserve.


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