What to Do When Your Insurer Won’t Cover Free Preventive Care

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Consumer Reports—

Insurers deny claims for 1 in 10 preventive care screenings and medical tests, affecting 7.7 million Americans, according to a recent report by the Doctor-Patient Rights Project (DPRP), an advocacy group that represents health care providers. About 40 percent of patients appeal these denials, but only half are successful, according to the DPRP report.

A separate nationally representative survey by Consumer Reports last year found that nearly one-third of Americans with insurance received a surprise medical bill, many for $500 or more. And of those, 12 percent said the bills were for services that should have been free.


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