Anthem among health insurers refusing to pay ER bills, doctors say

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On Aug., 1, 2017, Brittany Cloyd of Frankfort, Kentucky, said she experienced pain “worse than childbirth.” Her mother — who had been to nursing school — drove her to the nearest emergency room. Brittany thought her appendix had burst, but tests at the ER found she had ovarian cysts. She was given pain medication and told to follow up with her primary doctor.

Cloyd had an Anthem Blue Cross PPO health insurance plan and thought she would get charged just a co-pay for her ER visit. Instead, 15 days later she received a letter from health insurer Anthem. “Your condition does not meet the definition of emergency,” read the letter. She was responsible for the total ER bill — $12,596.

 

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