Hospital bill over a year later? Really?
July 31, 2010 8:44 AM Subscribe
Just received a $1400 hospital bill for a ER visit I made OVER 14 MONTHS AGO. How is this okay, and what do I say to plead with them?
posted by ashtabula to opelika to Work & Money (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I had a sprained ankle in Redding, California in May 2009. Went to the ER, got at x-ray, they gave me a boot, ace bandage and crutches and sent me home.
$1400 bill shows up yesterday, insurance paid their share of $400. I have since changed insurance - it was the crappy, cheap kind. I remember already paying the hospital for this around $100-$200 a year ago, and I thought they were all set and done with charging me. I haven't received anything telling me what the charges on this bill are for.
So I'm calling the hospital on Monday and have every intention of arguing them down. Please help me with my arsenal of pleading. I'm currently on U/I.
Bonus points if you can tell me how hospitals and mysterious lab facilities get away with the random-bill-showing-up-in-the-mail-centuries-later trick. Are there any rules with this? Is there a "must bill within ____ days" kind of timeframe at all? This has happened to me before, but never with this much time elapsing or with this kind of amount.
I greatly appreciate your answers! Thank you so much!