Employer Stuck New Mom With $898,984 Bill For Premature Baby
Lauren Bard got hit with nearly $1 million in hospital bills. Image from: Arlene Mejorado for ProPublica

Employer Stuck New Mom With $898,984 Bill For Premature Baby

Dignity Health said its employee, an ER nurse, failed to meet the deadline to add her premature newborn to its health plan, so she was responsible for the medical bills. It rejected her appeals for a year until ProPublica called.

Obamacare Employer-Mandate Postponed

Administration officials announced on Tuesday that they will delay by one year the 2010 health care law’s requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide health insurance that meets certain standards.

Jobs Report Shows Hiring Is Steady

The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, a steady pace that shows strength in the face of tax increases and government spending cuts if not enough to reduce still-high unemployment.

Health-Care Costs Spike Again

The average health-care costs for a family of four will top $20,000 in 2012, according to an independent research group, a seven percent increase from 2011. It’s the fifth year in a row that health-care costs have increased between seven and eight percent, part of an overall health-care cost increase that has seen these expenses double since 2002, when the average family of four only paid $9,235. Employers still shoulder the burden of health-care costs, but employees have been paying a larger portion of these costs every year, analysts said.