The recent Oxfam report on the 8 richest men holding as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the world has led to me hearing arguments about how these people deserve their money and they give to charity so it's all OK, which I find kind of awful. Does anyone have thoughts/ websites/discussions/books to recommend that examine this in a more sophisticated way? [more inside]
What are my options when faced with a large medical bill? [more inside]
I'm finding this more confusing that it probably is, and in the process wondering how part of this doesn't amount to price gouging... [more inside]
Received an incredibly expensive plumbing bill for two hour's worth of work. Can I negotiate this down? [more inside]
A bill went missing two years ago. Now the interest has made the amount huge. [more inside]
I am going to the Chicago shows. I have mail order commemorative tickets that are letter envelope sized with some amazing art work on the front of each ticket. I would like to keep the tickets and keep them in pristine condition. If I use them for entry, keeping them pristine much less keeping them at all is highly unlikely. It is a Dead show after all. Things happen. [more inside]
Two months ago I went to a new doctor for my yearly physical at the recommendation of a friend. I've talked with my insurance provider before and they said that an annual physical is covered and should cost me approximately nothing. So I was surprised when I later got a bill for several hundred dollars. The root of the problem seems to be that the doctor classified everything as diagnostic rather than preventative. My insurance has said they can't do anything unless he contacts them and changes the classification. I have called and emailed the doctor's office multiple times to clear up the issue, but they have done nothing and I am still getting bill reminders for several hundred dollars. What additional action can I take, legal or otherwise, to force this doctor to fix his mistake?
During the week the Keystone Pipeline bill failed in the Senate (Nov 17-21), another bill passed the House of Representatives that barred experts from providing testimony about a study if they had been involved in the execution of the study. Does anyone remember the number? [more inside]
How, in a multi-apartment setup, do I determine what gas-run appliances are serviced/connected to which apartment? I strongly suspect I am paying for appliances I am not responsible for, but I need to be able to prove it to my landlords or gas company. [more inside]
Last year on 12/11/13 we had to take my mother-in-law to the closest ER which happened to be a hospital that had just opened under new company/management (had been closed for almost a year until new company took over). I provided her Medicare Part A and B card and her AARP Medicare Supplement Card at the time we took her in. The intake person made copies of both cards and said nothing about the insurance coverage what so ever. [more inside]
Got my bill today from my accountant...Can anyone tell me if these fee's are legit? They seem pretty high and im hoping someone with knowledge in this could elaborate or confirm these fees are standard. Thank you!
I recently moved out of an apartment in NYC. A few days before my lease was up, I contacted ConEd to terminate service effective the last day of my lease. Apparently ConEd sent a final bill with an estimated reading??? [more inside]
I moved into my new apartment on Sept 1st. Today, I received a "shut off notice" from the gas company (National Grid in Boston) stating that my unit has an unpaid balance of over $100 as of 8/29, and that the account will be going to collections. This is my first apartment - what should I do, AskMefi? Pay down the balance? Inform my landlord?
In the movies Americans often just leave money on the bar, or on the table at a cafe or a restaurant, and walk out. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
I was thinking last night that I would would like to start being cooler. One way I have came up with is by using some really cool parting words when leaving work or groups of friends (hopefully I can get some with this new "cool" plan). Some phrases that I came up with were "Stay gold Ponyboy" and "Be Excellent to each other". Now wouldn't I be cool? But that won't get me very far down the road. What are some other awesome Pop Culture phrases I can use to leave a cool impression on people?
Does publicly available software exist that lets me overlay two documents and see how they differ from each other?
When should a restaurant bill be split evenly between all parties? [more inside]
I went back to my psychiatrist to pick up a bill and a probably exchange of the Rx he just prescribed which I found is inappropriate for my medical condition. He asked me for $150 for this visit. Is it reasonable? [more inside]
A local politician has an unpaid $500,000 tax bill associated with a business he owns. I'd like to find out more details on this. [more inside]
[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
A bill collector is willing to settle a disputed outstanding bill I have. They are offering a reduced settlement. Is there a way to insure that they will call this bill settled and not try to charge me more than the agreed upon amount and keep the experience off my credit history? Does anyone in the hive have any similar experiences with this sort of settlement?
In the late 1990's on the Oprah Winfrey show, there was a brief piece on a song that reached the low end of the R&B charts. Sonically it was pretty traditional soul music, but the twist was that it was a cheating song, but the female singer catches her man cheating with another man, named "Bill," which was the title of the song, IIRC. If anyone can provide me with the singers name that'd be great. Bonus points for an mp3 or youtube link.
How to reduce comcast internet bill, and how fast do I really need? Details inside. [more inside]
Which languages, if any, have the same word for "beak" and "mouth"? Or: which languages lack a specific word for referring only to a "beak" (aka the hard, pointy, front end of a bird)?
Hounded by a collection agency - how do I gather evidence about the actual bill in question? [more inside]
How do I go about disputing this apartment move-out bill? [more inside]
Best way to make monthly payments between two people in the US that requires no manual effort each month, and has minimal fees? They both have checking accounts.
I had a routine ladyparts exam a few months ago. It qualified as "preventive care" and I didn't have to pay a copay. (Yay! Thank you, ACA!) I got a rundown of what they charged my insurance a month or two ago -- one of those THIS IS NOT A BILL things -- and promptly lost/forgot about it, since I owed nothing. Today I got a check, made out to me, from the doctor's office for a couple hundred bucks. Do I get to keep it? [more inside]
Woah! A state senate bill, coming up for a vote next week in a state other than mine, would set a unique precedent that's extremely important for my family. Tell me everything I can do to help this bill from afar. [more inside]
Why won't Bill Moyers speak to Robert Caro? [more inside]
How might I, as a layperson, get a bill/law introduced and passed in my state? [more inside]
A few weeks ago I had a frustrating interaction with a waiter regarding a gift card. I am still bothered by what happened and would like some advice about it. [more inside]
[Germany] I got a letter from court that a Pay TV provider sues me for not paying for their services; a 6 months bill worth over 400 €. Problem: I've never had anything to do with this - or any other - Pay TV provider in my entire life. [more inside]
Hospital bill collection blues. Am I in the legal right here? [more inside]
Did Bill Evans write Blue in Green, or did Miles Davis, or did they both? [more inside]
I am 39, single, and a college educated professional. I make decent money, but managing it is a totally different story. I have ADHD. I have been on the hunt for the perfect idiot-proof-pay-my bills software (for a Mac) and I’m at a loss. Help. [more inside]
Please help find more audio comedy for my 8-year-old son. Touchstones: Hitchhiker's Guide, Cosby, Nick Danger. [more inside]
How can I negotiate with a collection agency? My insurance (unknown to me) refused to pay something, I have a bill, I can afford to pay 2/3 but am unsure how to negotiate this. [more inside]
What’s the cheapest internet package in Portland, Oregon? (Can I go cheaper than Comcast's $47-a-month Xfinity?) [more inside]
What information is listed on a Kaiser Permanente medical bill sent to the plan holder when the fees were for a dependent? [more inside]
What were/are Bill Clinton's "class markers" that caused people to highlight his working class background when he was president or running for president? [more inside]
Am I legally liable for veterinarian bills for my roommate's dog if the dog was injured while under my care? [more inside]
Will Obama "not signing" H.R. 3808 keep it from becoming law? [more inside]
My dental insurer made a mistake and I am stuck with the $3,200 bill. How can I get out of it? [more inside]
I pay my bills online every month. I use each service's website in order to do so. I'm thinking of switching over to Chase's online bill pay system. Is this worth it? [more inside]
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? [more inside]
I am expecting an ACH deposit of money on Monday. I need to pay a bill using an electronic check (also ACH) today. Will I have any problems if I initiate the bill pay using ACH today?
Help me negotiate with my phone company when I feel that I've been unfairly billed for data useage. [more inside]
Need a list of bond, note, and bill symbols - searching online is providing mixed results. [more inside]
On early dates, should I pay because I'm more able to afford it (which I usually will be), or should we split it to be equal? [more inside]