Posts for Medical Debt

Doggett Kicks off Legislative Efforts to Close the Medicaid Gap

We commend Rep. Doggett for his commitment to closing the Medicaid coverage gap, but we believe that this proposal could present challenges to the implementation of Medicaid expansion and leave consumers confused about who is covered.

Hospital Billing and Financial Practices: “First Do No Harm”

Hospitals Should Make Certain Their Policies Do Not Burden Community Residents or Employees   The doctrine, First Do No Harm, is a fundamental health care principle. It guides providers as they consider the possible harm that might result from their actions or interventions. At this time when...

Know Your Rights in Hospital Community Benefit Obligations

Too few people understand that non-profit hospitals are legally obligated to provide financial assistance or charity care, as well as other investments that benefit the community.

Two Hearings, One Priority: Consumers Must Pay Less for Prescription Drugs

This week, two congressional hearings on lowering prescription drug prices took center stage. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee held hearings on the high cost of prescription drugs.

Feds, States and Health System Need to Take Action to Reduce Disproportionate Medical Debt Burden on Black Communities

It is impossible to ignore the acute devastation faced by many Black individuals and their families during the current dual public health and economic crises.

Health Policy Win: Georgia Advocates Pass a New Law Protecting Consumers from Surprise Medical Billing

Despite having health insurance, one in five adults have received a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider in the past two years alone. For many consumers, these bills have created serious financial burdens for themselves and their families. While...

Consumers Call on Congress to Do The Right Thing – Pass Legislation To End Surprise Medical Bills Now!

Who might guess that doing the right thing – going in to be tested for the novel coronavirus after the onset of flu-like symptoms following a trip to China – could result in a surprise medical bill of more than...

Looking Back/Looking Forward: Taking Stock of 2019 and What to Anticipate in 2020

When it comes to health care, 2019 was an intense year full of many challenges and also some bright spots. As it recedes in the rear view mirror, let’s take a look at some of the key developments from 2019...

On Medical Debt, It’s Patients Who Need Protecting – Not Collection Agencies

For decades, Community Catalyst has supported initiatives that reduce the financial exposure people face from medical bills.
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