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Smart Talk: Surprise balance billing; Breast cancer awareness

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 6, 2015 9:50 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, October 6, 2015:

Healthcare is one of the biggest expenses most families and individuals face today.  Even when covered by health insurance, co-pays and deductibles can add up to thousands of dollars coming out of a patient's pocket.

That's why a surprise bill after a medical procedure can be so aggravating and potentially costly.  

Surprise balance billing is happening fairly often today.  It occurs when an in-network hospital or doctor refers a patient to or is assisted by a provider that is out-of-network for the patient's insurance. 

Surprise balance billing has caught the eye of Pennsylvania's Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller who held a hearing on the matter last week. Secretary Miller appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk along with WITF's Transforming Health reporter Ben Allen.

Also, Dennis Denenberg was devastated when he lost his sister Diana to breast cancer.  He decided to take action in his sister's name but he did it in ways that didn't just benefit breast cancer awareness. 

Dr. Denenberg, who is a professor emeritus of elementary education at Millersville University co-wrote a book - 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet.  Proceeds from the book go to Diana's Dreamers; Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer - an endowment named after his sister.  The book will be updated next year and ten new heroes will be added.

Smart Talk listeners and anyone across the country can vote for the 10 heroes they would like to see added to the book here.

The fifth annual Breast-a-Ville event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the SMC Promenade at Millersville University. It is free and open to the public.

In addition, a benefit for breast cancer awareness will be held Millersville University's Ware Center in Lancaster on October 25 at 2:00 p.m. called Launching the Dream. Tickets cost $20.00.

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Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller and Dr. Dennis Denenberg

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  • Lisa img 2015-10-06 09:20

    Hospitals have you sign many forms to protect them. Would it legally protect you as a patient from surprise balance billing to sign forms with the additional note that no out-of-service personnel may be used without prior consent of patient or guardian?