Grateful for health

My heart is full of gratitude today as I realize I am (almost) recovered from a long foot ailment! It began in November 2018 and has plagued me the past 3 1/2 years, making walking very painful. It was difficult to walk more than a short distance before having to sit and rest my right foot. I’d been to a podiatrist, an acupuncturist, a physical therapist. I’d tried compression socks, heel inserts, cortisone injections. Finally, about a month ago, I began to be able to walk without excruciating pain! I still feel some discomfort when I walk very far, but nothing like before. The world seems opened to me again. I think time itself has done the most good.

Be thankful for good health and be proactive to maintain it!

The era of surprise medical bills may be ending (CNBC)

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/27/the-era-of-surprise-medical-bills-may-be-ending-.html

“The No Surprises Act, which takes effect in 2022, will greatly reduce the number of unanticipated out-of-network medical bills that many people are hit with during emergency medical treatment.”

“Starting in 2022, there will be only a few cases in which a patient can get an out-of-network bill for a medical visit that they believed was covered by their insurer. (Those exceptions include ground ambulances, any non-emergency service treatments at an urgent care facility and if you’ve given informed and written consent for an uncovered treatment.)”

“Some insurers offer partial out-of-network coverage, but leave the person on the hook for the remaining tab, a practice called balance billing. Other insurers force patients to shoulder the entire uncovered costs.”

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to create a complaint process for violations of the law, and [a spokeswoman for the Patient Advocate Foundation] said it will be crucial that patients speak up if they suspect they’ve been balance billed.”