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Woman Charged $500,000 After Giving Birth Despite Having Health Insurance
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Woman Charged $500,000 After Giving Birth Despite Having Health Insurance

Bisi Benett was charged a huge amount of money even after giving birth in a hospital covered by her health insurance.

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Bisi Benett, a woman from Florida, was crushed under a half-million-dollar hospital bill after giving birth to her son. Her health insurance plan was changed while her child was in NICU which caused a hefty bill and confusion. Her son was born prematurely in November 2020 and spent two months in the NICU, which completely scared Benett and her family. She told CBS News, "I didn't even know if he was born alive and if he was stillborn," expressing her horror towards her son's condition. She added, "So I'm crying and very upset that I don't know he's going to make it at that point." She feared for her son's life and did everything she could to provide him with the best possible care and treatment. 

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Benett's son Dorian, who is 1 year old now, was under observation for more than two months before he was discharged to go home. According to NPR, Dorian required, "highly technical, lifesaving respiratory and nutritional care until his organs matured' for almost 2 months. Immediately after the discharge, Benett received a medical bill of exactly $550,124.76, which came as a shock for the first-time mother. She told CBS, "I was very upset when I saw the half-a-million-dollar bill because I felt like I done everything in my power to avoid them sending me that huge bill."