Category: Bill Of The Month

Watch: What Happened To That $500K Dialysis Bill

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August 6, 2019 After Sovereign Valentine suffered kidney failure, he got a $540,842 bill for 14 weeks of out-of-network dialysis care. Here, he and his wife, Dr. Jessica Valentine, described their experience. Their Bill of the Month story was told by KHN, NPR and CBS. Copy HTML We encourage organizations to republish our content, free ….  Read More

Infusion Treatments — Needed or Not — Can Deplete Patients’ Wallets

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Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Shannon Wood Rothenberg walked into her annual physical feeling fine. But more than a year later, she’s still paying the price. Routine bloodwork from the spring 2018 visit suggested anemia, of which she has a family history. Her doctor advised pills. After two months with no change, the doctor sent ….  Read More

They May Owe Nothing — Half-Million-Dollar Dialysis Bill Canceled

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Fresenius, one of the two largest dialysis providers in the U.S., has agreed to waive a $524,600.17 bill for a man who received 14 weeks of dialysis at a clinic in Montana. Kaiser Health News, NPR and CBS This Morning told Sovereign Valentine’s story this week, as part of the “Bill of the Month” series, ….  Read More

Watch: Out-Of-Network Outrage After A $540K Charge For Dialysis

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July 25, 2019 Sov Valentine of Plains, Mont., ran up an out-of-network bill for lifesaving kidney dialysis that topped half a million dollars in just 14 weeks. Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal discussed the latest NPR-KHN “Bill of the Month” installment on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. Rosenthal said the case exemplifies what happens ….  Read More

First Kidney Failure, Then A $540,842 Bill For Dialysis

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For months, Sovereign Valentine had been feeling progressively run-down. The 50-year-old personal trainer, who goes by “Sov,” tried changing his workout and diet to no avail. Finally, one Sunday, he drove himself to the hospital in the small town of Plains, Mont., where his wife, Jessica, happened to be the physician on call. “I couldn’t ….  Read More