Medical Debt

Continuous Medicaid Coverage Ending—Hospitals and Patients Need to Prepare Now

In December, Congress passed legislation to begin decoupling Medicaid coverage protections under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) from the Public Health Emergency (PHE). These protections have required Medicaid to extend certain flexibilities—such as continuous health insurance coverage—in exchange for enhanced federal funding. While the PHE remains in effect, Medicaid continuous coverage has been …

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Webinar on Demand: How Rural Hospitals can Leverage Financial Assistance Programs for Financial Stability

A new report from the AHA revealed that more than 130 rural hospitals have closed over the past decade—with 19 closures in 2020. Why? It’s become unaffordable to keep doors open. The majority of patients within rural America are insured through Medicare and Medicaid, which reimburse less than half the cost of providing services. That, …

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5 Ways to Reduce the Stigma Around Hospital Charity Care  

According to a 2022 study from Kaiser Family Foundation, 100 million people in America are saddled with medical debt. Financial challenges, stemming from an inability to pay for critical healthcare services, add additional hardships on those trying to heal from illness. Financial assistance and charity programs exist at nonprofit hospitals but are frequently underutilized. Why? …

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Raising America’s Healthcare Grade—and the Affordability and Accessibility of Care  

We received America’s Report Card on the U.S. healthcare system and it’s not good. Consumers are not impressed. When it comes to healthcare in America—high marks are in short supply. The 2022 West Health-Gallup Report revealed that 44% of Americans give the U.S. healthcare system a poor or failing grade. The top two reasons? Affordability …

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How to Enact Effective Medical Debt Legislation   

See this article by Breez CEO Nick McLaughlin and Goodroot CEO Mike Waterbury as it appeared on Inside Sources, Smerconish and the Rapid City Journal. With rising inflation and a looming recession, the medical debt crisis in the U.S. is about to get worse. Americans currently owe over $140 billion on past-due medical bills, which is the No. 1 cause of bankruptcy in the country.