The Down Economy Drives Mounting Medical Bills
The rate of medical debt is at an all-time high in the U.S. Meanwhile, Kaiser Health News reports on denials in the individual health insurance market.
KQED/The California Report: Patients Face Mounting Medical Bills In Down Economy
Last year about one in four adults under 65 reported having medical debt, an all-time high for the country. That's because health care costs continue to rise at the same time people are losing their jobs and health coverage (Weiss, 9/12).
Kaiser Health News: Health Insurers Deny Coverage To Many Who Apply For Individual Policies
Amanda Hite says she felt 'really healthy' when she applied recently for health insurance. But Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield denied her, because she had seen a chiropractor a few months earlier for a sore back and later had visited an emergency room because of back pain (Galewitz, 9/11).