The ER visit was quick and uneventful. The bill was $1,300. Our listener decided to push back. He didn’t win, but he learned a lot , and so did we.
We had help, from an expert we met by visiting a Renaissance Fair , which we did in this very fun early episode. Kaelyn Globig, head of advocacy for the Rescu Foundation, is a medical-bill wizard, and no one has taught us more.
In this story, she teaches us how to find out what Medicare pays for a given procedure , here’s the guide she shared with us , and how to use that information.
We also got advice on dealing with debt collectors , when it makes sense to file a dispute , from April Kuenhoff, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center.
She shared resources too. Here are sample letters , templates you can edit:
- To tell a debt collector that you are disputing a charge.
- To demand verification of a debt they say you owe
- To limit their legal right to harass you.
Here’s a transcript of the episode.
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