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  • KARE 11 Investigates: “A Pattern of Denial”

    KARE 11’s two-year investigation exposed a systemic nationwide pattern of veterans having their emergency medical bills improperly denied and often turned over to collection agencies. VA whistleblowers revealed to KARE that government quotas for processing claims – and a computer system that made it easier to deny claims than to approve them – were to blame for many denials. The improper denials could total billions of dollars.
  • 60 Minutes: The Rockford File

    A look at the fight that Rockford, Ill., took up against the high cost of prescription drugs explains why they cost more in the U.S. than nearly every other place in the world. Lesley Stahl's report pulls back the curtain on a drug distribution chain in which just about every link has the potential to make money when prices go up.
  • The Fight of His Life

    "The Fight of his Life”: Coachella boxer Angel Osuna struggles to rebound from a severe brain injury from his final bout as he deals with $1M in medical bills. “Audit: Athletic commission failed its athletes”: Public records show the California State Athletic Commission, entrusted with the safety of amateur and professional boxers, has mismanaged two key funds for several years.
  • Stolen Honor

    Charles Giles was New Jersey’s most famous World Trade Center survivor. His dramatic story of being pulled alive from the ruins of the North Tower, and the terrible health problems he sustained from months of working on search and recovery efforts made him the face of efforts to secure health benefits for first responders, and helped him collect tens of thousands of dollars in donations to help him pay mounting medical bills and stave off foreclosure. There was only one problem. Almost everything everyone thought they knew about the man…was a lie.
  • Hyderabad Debates Health Insurance Model as Public Hospitals Decay

    Andhra Pradesh province in southeast India is ground zero for a series of ambitious public health programs aimed to make affordable healthcare available to the rural poor. However, when these families travel to the city to find medical treatment, they must navigate a treacherous path through counterfeit pills, medical fraud, and hidden costs. An epidemic of farmer suicides bears witness to the heavy toll that unpayable medical bills incurred at private hospitals can take on families living hand to mouth in the Indian countryside. This tragedy has added desperation to the search for solutions. One such solution is the Aarogyasri Health Insurance Program, which uses India's ration card system to provide poor families access to healthcare. But is this program enough? The gleaming new medical equipment of private hospitals in Hyderabad may be open to poor families from the countryside thanks to programs like Aarogyasri, yet below this photogenic surface is a culture of medical fraud and ration card forgery. The changes in India's healthcare system must be more than skin-deep if farmers are to spend their earnings on food for their families rather than medical bills.
  • America's Broken Healthcare System

    This series sheds light on the hidden practices that boost pateints' medical bills and can impede their ability to obtain treatment or insurance.
  • In the future, who will pay the medical bills?

    This article discusses the idea of reforming America's health insurance system. It looks into the reasons that reform is needed, different types of reform and how each option would affect local and national insurance companies.
  • HMO's refusing emergency claims, hospitals assert. 2 missions in conflict. 'Managed Care' groups insist they must limit costs--doctors are frustrated.

    According to the article, "As enrollment in health maintenance organizations soars, hospitals across the country report that H.M.O.'s are increasingly denying claims for care provided in hospital emergency rooms. Such denials create obstacles to emergency care for H.M.O. patients and can leave them responsible for thousands of dollars in medical bills."
  • Cheap Tricks

    Young investigates the so-called "premium fraud." The story reports that many employers buy no workers comp insurance policies or buy policies but lower the cost of their premiums. As a result, when an accident occurs, state government, taxpayers and patients themselves pay the mounting medical bills. "To make matter worse, states often have multiple agencies and departments overseeing different parts of the workers comp system."
  • The trouble with houses

    Across the nation, new homes are poorly built, they can make people sick, and they may not outlast their 30-year mortgages. What's more, there is no place for homeowners to turn as their repair costs and medical bills mount. The Star-Tribune finds that this problem is systemic and endemic, involving every aspect of home building.