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      GregP_WN

      I'm sorry, could you clarify, who is that is one year free? I didn't catch it!! Congratulations, one year is the first of many!

      over 2 years ago
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    hospital bill controversy

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      lilymadeline

      You got some great answers already! And I think that going to the media is a great idea. I did that myself over a credit card bill that was inaccurate, and it works immediately if you can get a reporters attention. Once the credit card company got a phone call from the reporter, one of their top executives called me personally to apologize and he also fixed the problem before the story even got in print!
      But do not assume that the hospital has disputed this already with your insurance company because they might not have. The hospitals often just go the easiest way....and it is much easier to deal with you directly than your insurance company. But of course do not under any circumstances pay this bill! You do not owe it! First go to your oncologist and give the problem over to him or her, let them deal with their billing department and tell their billing department that this was approved and to stop calling you, just keep repeating that over and over, really! Second have you talked to your insurance company? Because there is a small chance that they actually have paid it and that the hospital is duplicate billing because this happens frequently, I know because it happened with me and more than once so again I am speaking from personal experience.
      And it wouldn't hurt to ask for a social worker at the hospital and hand this problem over to them I did that as well and it worked for me. But this is NOT YOUR PROBLEM, it is the hospitals problem and just throw it right back at them. If their nurse got approval that is documented and that is final ( you have the name of the nurse? go and complain to the nurse also ) the hospital is responsible and if I were you I would contact the CLRC or Cancer Legal Resource Center for help, they are located at Loyola University in Los Angeles and they might be able to help you or at least point you in the right directly. They are staffed only by volunteers however and they have enough time or lawyers for everybody, but it is worth your time to at least give them a call. Google and you will get their 800 number. Please do not back down on this, if you need to cry go ahead and cry to your oncologist. Overbilling is so extremely stressful and it is so unnecessary! You shouldn't be having to fight a billing department at the same time as fighting cancer! Be strong! Good luck and best wishes!

      almost 3 years ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      I work in the medical insurance field. Every insurance carrier has an appeals process in place. I would suggest contacting your carrier and asking how to file an appeal. Usually, it has to be in writing. If you can get a letter from your doctor explaining medical necessity, that could help. When speaking to the insurance carrier do NOT let them get nasty w/you. If they do, ask for a supervisor. The rep has no vested interest in whether your appeal is allowed or denied, so they have no reason to get nasty (can you tell I audit customer service phone calls?). If that is unsuccessful, they other ideas above are great, like contacting the insurance commission in your state. Good luck. I hope you get this resolved.

      almost 3 years ago
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      CAS1

      If anyone thinks that these problems are going to get better with Obama care..think again..

      almost 3 years ago
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      Congratulations, one year out is a very important milestone. I remember mine and I am over 6 years cancer free. Wishing you many more milestones to celebrate. Best wishes.

      almost 3 years ago
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      dmerriman

      PET SCAN and Brain MRI results ...no cancer...7 months NED...great day

      over 3 years ago
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      dinkersmom

      WHOOT WHOOT!!!!

      over 3 years ago