Texas teacher survives heart attack, nearly gets killed by medical bill

Texas teacher survives heart attack, nearly gets killed by medical bill

August 17, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


a Texas school teacher felt lucky to be alive after surviving a heart attack last year but the months that followed brought a different kind of stress even though his insurance company paid some of the charges he still got hit with a surprise bill of over $100,000 Milegi reports on a story that could happen to anyone and how to fight back drew Calver was just 43 years old a swimming coach and a triathlete when he had a heart attack last year that was the first shock the second shot came in the mail a month later early May I got the first bill sorry that’s not right two weeks later I get another bill the bill came to one hundred nine thousand dollars roughly twice his salary as a schoolteacher he and his wife Erin felt their future was threatened this is a hundred thousand dollars that I don’t have now for my kids college fund this is why you have health insurance he would never even dreamed this could happen because it just seems so unfair the Calvert’s health insurance had paid fifty five thousand dollars but st. David’s Medical Center said the full charge was closer to 165 thousand based on retail prices so they hit the Cal verse with what’s known as a balanced bill kaiser Health News picked up the story for its bill of the month series editor-in-chief Elizabeth Rosenthal appeared on CBS this morning the prices for everything every line item were just exorbitant twenty thousand dollars for one single stent those fence probably cost a thousand dollars so there’s markup on everything st. David says it gave Calver information on financial assistance but he says it was only after a reporter got involved the hospital now tells us Calver may qualify for a discount that would bring the bill to under eight hundred dollars Rosenthal says there’s an important lesson here you should always always always fight back I think that’s the message Calver says he’s relieved but finding it hard to forgive the stress of the past year Mulla lanky CBS News Washington and Rosenthal says patients should always request an itemized bill and check health care Blue Book to see if those prices are Ruiz a bowl