Employer uses technicality to force $900,000 medical bill on new mother

#3 Shkreli Award Winner, 2019 Three days after Lauren Bard gave birth to her daughter prematurely (26 weeks), she called her health plan administrator and was assured the child was covered. But after her daughter spent a month in the NICU near death, Dignity Health, Bard’s employer, told her that the medical care would not be covered because she did not use the company website to enroll. Dignity Health, a religious organization with the motto, “Hello humankindness,” refused to take into account the traumatic circumstances around Bard’s childbirth, leaving her with a $898,984 bill.

SOURCE: Marshall Allen, ProPublica

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