A woman who expected to pay $1,337 for surgery at a Westminster hospital nearly a decade ago but was billed $303,709 may finally be off the hook for the massive bill after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in her favor Monday.
But the hospital’s estimate was based on French’s insurance provider being “in-network” with the hospital, which it was not.
A hospital employee gave a mistaken estimate after apparently misreading French’s insurance card.
Few patients actually pay the chargemaster’s sticker prices for care, because insurance companies negotiate lower prices with the hospital to become “in-network.”.
Monday’s decision overturns the Colorado Court of Appeals, which had found in favor of the hospital.
The state Supreme Court’s ruling reinstates that verdict, said Ted Lavender, an attorney for French.
I have spoken with her today and she is very happy with the result.”. »