Medical debt can be crushing: 43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports. If you have health insurance, the deductibles can be high: For families with a bronze health plan, the average deductible is $10,545. Given that 62 percent of Americans do not have enough money saved to handle a $500 emergency, medical debt can quickly become a big problem. The problem is even worse for the 12.9 percent of people who do not have health insurance. If you enter an emergency room without insurance, you are going to be charged obscenely high rates. It is not uncommon for people to leave the hospital with $100,000 or more in medical bills. If you find yourself in a medical emergency, here are four things to consider to help manage the situation.
1. Try to Reduce the Bill When It First Arrives
If a big hospital bill arrives that you cannot afford, you should immediately try to negotiate the rate down. Nonprofit hospitals are required to offer financial assistance programs. But even for-profit hospitals are often willing to agree to a payment plan. But you need to talk to the
This week’s question is about credit monitoring and ID theft prevention, something many Americans pay for monthly. Even if you don’t use one of these services, you’ve almost certainly seen the ads. Here’s the query:
“My question is: I now pay $9.95 each month to Tru-Credit, which purchases access to my credit report and credit score any time I want. In addition, I receive an email weekly, outlining any “activity” (or lack thereof) in my credit account. “Fraud Alert” is included in the $9.95 cost. I would appreciate your opinion on this service and it’s cost. Thanks for the very helpful, down to earth, Money Talk News!!! – Jim”
Thanks for the kind words, Jim! And for the great question. Here’s your answer.
Converting Fear Into Fees
They say sex sells, and I’m sure they’re right. But I doubt it outsells fear. From burglar alarms to bomb shelters, Americans shell out billions annually to protect against all manner of evil: some real, much greatly exaggerated. But wherever fear can be churned up, you can bet there’s someone not far behind making a buck. Such is the case with credit monitoring.
Credit monitoring is a
What do you do when you and your spouse can’t agree on how to spend your money? The best answer, of course, is that you talk about it until you do agree. But is that what you really do?
As Bethany Palmer, who, with husband Scott, wrote First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: A Couple’s Guide to Financial Communication, recently told me, “Money touches each and every part of our lives — where we go to school, what we eat, where we work, how we live. You have to make sure you’re talking about money.”
But that doesn’t mean communicating is easy, and after writing a few WalletPop posts about managing money with your spouse, I thought it might be a good idea to find an expert or two who could offer advice to spouses who can’t quite get on the same page when it comes to their finances. Here are some of their top tips:
Talk about your finances regularly. At least once a month, says Scott Palmer, you should sit down and go over the finances with each other. Thanks to the ease of parting with our money — ATM
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It seems that everywhere we turn, people are getting married. However, the flip side is that there seems to be one divorce for every new set of nuptials. It is an unfortunate statistic that almost half of all marriages end in divorce within the first seven years of wedded bliss (or lack thereof). There is much speculation about the leading cause of divorce, including infidelity, the lack of compatibility and frequent fighting about conflicting parenting styles after having children – however, these common causes are not the first and foremost reason. Did you know that the number one reason people get divorced (in America at least) is due to financial issues?
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