If you undergo a major medical procedure or spend time in the hospital, request an itemized bill. The additional information contained in the itemized bill will help you determine whether you were billed correctly. Scrutinize the bill for any unexpected charges or other apparent errors.
If you find any errors on your bill (even small ones), challenge the charges right away. Send an email to the customer service department and call them as well. Always retain your emails, and write down of the persons to…
If you have health insurance, you expect your medical
provider to submit a claim to your insurance company in a timely fashion. After
all, the provider asks for your insurance card when you become a patient and
likely asks you nearly every visit if your insurance has changed.
But in some cases, a medical provider may not submit a claim
to insurance. Or, the provider may submit the claim after the insurance policy’s
deadline, resulting in a denial.
Why would a provider fail…
This week, we’re featuring several New Year’s resolutions you can implement now to help control your healthcare expenses.
Insurance companies, hospitals, and medical providers sometimes make claim and billing errors. These mistakes can have serious consequences. The first step in uncovering these errors is checking your Explanation of Benefits (EOB).
After receiving medical treatment, you will receive an EOB from your insurance company. The EOB will come in the mail or, if you signed up for electronic notifications, you will receive…
The Florida Bar has appointed Manta Law founder Janelle A. Weber to its Committee on Technology for the 2020-2021 Bar year
The role of the committee is to assure that Florida lawyers have necessary technology tools and educational assistance.
Ms. Weber has been a member of the Florida Bar’s Consumer Law Protection Committee since 2019.
Ms. Weber is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) certification.
Change is afoot in the Sunshine State.
Under Governor Ron DeSantis’s full Phase One reopening plan, restaurants in Florida were allowed to open at 50% capacity on May 18. Most major amusements parks are reopening in June.
Even with these major steps towards reopening the economy, it’s clear things will not be back to normal anytime soon for Florida’s hospitality industry. Nearly 2 million applications for unemployment have been filed in Florida. The Payroll Protection Act has helped keep some…
Pinellas Offers Small Business Grants Pinellas County is seeking to help small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant is offering one-time $5,000 grants to help offset the temporary loss of revenue and to assist with retaining and paying employees. The funds are available as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act federal stimulus package. Even if your business doesn’t qualify for this program, it may still qualify for other…
Help for Tampa Residents Impacted by COVID-19 Are you a Tampa resident or small business owner who has been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus Shutdown? The City of Tampa has established the Relief Now, Rise Together Fund to help eligible small businesses, families, and individuals harmed by the COVID-19 shutdown orders. The funds are for rent and essential utilities and doesn’t need to be repaid. For eligible applicants, the program will provide direct payments for up to one month’s rent…
COVID-19 Leads to Temporary Stop of Student Loan Payments The Coronavirus Pandemic has far-reaching effects on our nation. Economic shutdowns and widespread job losses have made it difficult for many Americans to pay their student loans. Fortunately, on March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. During the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance.…
Don’t Let Your COVID-19 Relief Get Garnished Under the CARES Act, most Americans are receiving economic impact payments. According to data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the maximum payout is $1,200 per individual taxpayer or $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, with additional amounts for each dependent child. If you owe money to creditors, you may be worried that your stimulus payment could be garnished and you’re right to worry. Although your stimulus payment cannot be garnished from the…
Tax Refunds and Garnishment You may be expecting a federal tax refund. But will you actually get it if you owe money to creditors? Manta Law, a Tampa Bay boutique firm representing individuals and consumers in a variety of matters, wants to make sure you’re informed about how the law of garnishment applies to federal income tax refunds. Garnishment by Federal and State Agencies Under the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), federal and state government agencies may collect outstanding debts…