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How to Deal With the Pain of a Surprise Medical Bill
NBC News

When it comes to “bill shock,” a surprise medical expense can be particularly damaging.

Over the past two years, nearly one-third of privately insured Americans has received an unexpected medical bill where their health plan paid less than expected, according to a May survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

For many, it’s an expense that isn’t so easy to handle. A 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation report estimated one in three consumers have difficulty paying their medical bills, and earlier this year, found that only 38 percent of consumers had enough liquid assets to cover an unanticipated expense like an emergency room visit or $500 car repair.