Insurer's policy raises ER-bill fears

Anthem sticks patients with tab if visit is deemed unneeded

Posted: November 10, 2017 at 1:51 a.m.

Dr. Jesse Pines teaches emergency medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and does a rotation at the university hospital. Pines says a push by the insurer Anthem to limit ER visits to true emergencies is “completely unfair to patients.”

Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room.

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