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The remedy for surprise medical bills may lie in stitching up federal law

The remedy for surprise medical bills may lie in stitching up federal law

Health
This story is from Kaiser Health News When Drew Calver had a heart attack last year, his health plan paid nearly $ 56,000 for the 44-year-old’s four-day emergency hospital stay at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a hospital that was not in his insurance network. But the hospital charged Calver another $ 109,000. That sum — a so-called balance bill — was the difference between what the hospital and his insurer thought his care was worth. Though in-network hospitals must accept pre-contracted rates from health plans, out-of-network hospitals can try to bill as they like. Calver’s bill eventually was reduced to $ 332 after Kaiser Health News and NPR published a story about it last month. Yet his experience shines a light on an unintended conseq...
Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law surprise fans at King's Cross station in London

Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law surprise fans at King's Cross station in London

Entertainment
Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Two of the stars of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made a surprise appearance this weekend at the King's Cross train station in London. "Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law visited platform 9 ¾ just in time to go #BackToHogwarts!" the Fantastic Beasts Twitter feed said Saturday. The post includes a brief video of the actors greeting their ecstatic fans. TheWrap said Wizarding World of Harry Potter enthusiasts have gathered at the station on Sept. 1 for years, observing it as "Back to Hogwarts" day in honor of when student wizards travel to their fictional boarding school for their new terms in the franchise's books and movies. Co-starring Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler, the Harry Potter prequel Fantast...
Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

World
July 9 (UPI) -- Mike Pompeo made his first visit to Afghanistan as secretary of state Monday, offering optimism about the Trump administration's approach to the 17-year war. Pompeo arrived unannounced to meet with President Ashraf Ghani over potential peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. After assessing the United States' role in the conflict there, Pompeo said he believes President Donald Trump's strategy -- a conditions-based approach over a timeline-based one -- has paid off. "The strategy sent a clear message to the Taliban, they cannot wait us out," Pompeo said. "Many of the Taliban now see that they can't win on the ground militarily, that has everything to do with President Trump's strategy." A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstru...
What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

Technology
To get an idea of the data Facebook collects about you, just ask for it. You'll get a file with every photo and comment you've posted, all the ads you've clicked on, stuff you've liked and searched for and everyone you've friended — and unfriended — over the years. This trove of data is used to decide which ads to show you. It also makes using Facebook more seamless and enjoyable — say, by determining which posts to emphasize in your feed, or reminding you of friends' birthdays. Facebook claims to protect all this information, and it lays out its terms in a privacy policy that's relatively clear and concise. But few users bother to read it. You might be surprised at what Facebook's privacy policy allows — and what's left unsaid. Facebook's privacy practices have come under fire after a Tr
Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Entertainment
The Queen is already known for her impeccable style - but now she has attended her first ever London Fashion Week front row.Sitting next to legendary US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the Monarch made a surprise visit to London Fashion Week where she sat on the front row - FROW as the industry calls it - of British designer Richard Quinn's show.Her attendance was kept under wraps until the very last minute.The 91-year-old presented the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Mr Quinn, who is an emerging talent celebrated for his screen printing.Image:The Queen appeared surprised at some of the outfits as she sat next to Anna WintourImage:The Queen presented the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard QuinnStylish as ever, she wore a duck egg blue tweed dr...