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'An Arm and a Leg': Tips for Fighting Medical Bills From a Former 'Bad Guy' Lawyer

Analysis  |  By Kaiser Health News  
   February 01, 2021

"An Arm and a Leg" is a podcast about healthcare costs, and its second season is co-produced by KHN.

This article was published on Monday, February 1, 2021 in Kaiser Health News.

By Dan Weissmann

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Healthcare — and how much it costs — is scary. But you're not alone with this stuff, and knowledge is power. "An Arm and a Leg" is a podcast about these issues, and its second season is co-produced by KHN.

Lawyer Jeff Bloom used to be the person whom medical providers and debt collectors would hire to represent them in court. "I was a bad guy, for sure," he said.

Then, a few years ago, he switched sides. Bloom now represents consumers and, in this episode, shares what he knows. He said consumers have more rights than they may realize, although enforcing those rights may be tough.

One other piece of advice:

"Be a good guy. Don't be threatening. Don't yell at people," Bloom said. "Judges are your audience. And if you're a good guy, they may help you out."

Here's a transcript for this episode.

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“Be a good guy. Don't be threatening. Don't yell at people.”

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KEY TAKEAWAYS

Lawyer Jeff Bloom used to be the person whom medical providers and debt collectors would hire to represent them in court. "I was a bad guy, for sure," he said.

Bloom now represents consumers and, in this episode, shares what he knows. He said consumers have more rights than they may realize, although enforcing those rights may be tough.


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