Wellness Wednesday Issue #70

The Assist Newsletter
April 30, 2024
Self-care is how you take your power back — Lalah Delia

Today’s checklist: 

  • How to fight back against outrageous hospital bills
  • Thania explains how she started a hydroponic garden
  • TA reader Emily shares how she deals with frustration at work

🤔 Trivia: Which fruit is known for containing Bromelain, an enzyme that can help with digestion and inflammation? Find out.


🔥 Burnout: Learn how to navigate emotional burnout with mindful apathy.

🤝 Communication: Improve your workplace relationships with quick 60 sec habits to connect across generations.

💰 Investing: Here’s what experts say about whether you should invest in gold and silver.

🥱 Health: Explore 33 possible reasons why you feel tired all the time.

💅 Beauty: This guide explains the appropriate tip amount for nail services.


How to fight back against outrageous medical bills

How to Fight Back Against Outrageous Medical Bills


If you’ve ever been hit with a hospital bill from a high-deductible health insurance plan, you know the sting of seeing charges that soar into the thousands.

The world of healthcare billing is notoriously opaque, making it a daunting task to understand and contest these charges.

The silver lining is that medical bills are often negotiable, and with the right approach, you can significantly reduce the amount owed.

Here’s a concise guide to help you navigate this process effectively:

1. Examine and Question Your Bill: Begin by requesting an itemized bill; initial summaries usually just show a lump sum.

Scrutinize each line for any inaccuracies, such as services you didn’t receive or duplicate charges.

Use tools like Fair Health or Healthcare Bluebook to compare your charges against typical local rates and verify if they are unusually high.

2. Write Everything Down: When negotiating and speaking to billing staff, maintain a detailed log of each interaction.

Document the date, time, and the name of the person you spoke with.

This record will be invaluable if you need to refer back to promises made or details discussed during previous calls.

3. Seek a Prompt-Pay Discount: If the charges are accurate but steep, inquire about a prompt-pay discount.

Hospitals often prefer to settle accounts swiftly at a reduced rate rather than chase down the full payment later.

The extent of these discounts can vary, so don’t hesitate to negotiate.

If you’re facing financial difficulties, also ask about available financial assistance programs.

Remember, it never hurts to haggle — the worst they can say is no.

4. Be Persistent: Reducing your bill usually involves several calls.

Start with a consumer representative who may be privy to unadvertised discounts.

If you hit a wall, don’t hesitate to ask for a supervisor or escalate further to someone in the financial department.

Persistence can be your best ally in these negotiations.

5. Consider Professional Help: For large or complex bills, it may be beneficial to hire a patient advocate or a lawyer.

States likes California have non-profits dedicated to helping patients navigate excessive medical bills.

These professionals are well-versed in medical billing and can navigate the negotiation process more effectively on your behalf.

6. Publicize Your Case: If all else fails and negotiations stall, bringing public attention to your case can prompt quick action.

Whether it’s through media coverage or social media advocacy, spotlighting your issue can pressure a medical facility to offer fairer charges.

7. Proceed with Caution: Beware that negotiations can sometimes lead to higher charges or other unexpected outcomes.

For example, this patient in Minnesota went through a whole ordeal after trying to fight a hospital bill.

Always tread carefully and consider all possible outcomes.

Navigating medical bills with a high-deductible plan requires a blend of knowledge, persistence, and sometimes external assistance.

By understanding your rights and the options available, you can better manage and potentially reduce those daunting costs.

Remember, perseverance is key — don’t give up in the face of high medical bills.


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Thania’s hydroponic garden.

The Joy of Growing Your Own Food


Inspired by my desire for greenery during the bleak Idaho winters, this California native decided to invest in a Gardyn hydroponic garden system.

This high-tech setup seemed perfect with its self-watering mechanism and an AI assistant that sends handy reminders to perform garden chores through a mobile app.

The setup process was surprisingly straightforward.

Despite a few hiccups that required a quick Google search or a post in their Facebook group, I managed to get my garden up and running without much trouble.

Before I knew it, I was growing an array of over 14 different types of plants, ranging from herbs and vegetables to beautiful flowers.

Three weeks or so in, and I was officially a plant mom — sprouting everything from crisp endive and arugula to spicy jalapeños and vibrant sunflowers.

The experience of watching these plants grow from tiny seeds to lush, edible items was nothing short of magical.

It fostered a newfound appreciation for the food on my plate, making me ponder the journey of store-bought produce and the many hands it passes through.

I found myself deeply attached to every fruit and vegetable that sprouted in my garden.

Even the odd-shaped ones were cherished. This emotional bond led me not to dare waste even 1 item!

I shared my bounty with friends and neighbors, proudly offering up the fruits of my labor.

However, not everything was as “hands-off” as advertised.

While herbs thrived effortlessly, other plants required more precise conditions to avoid issues like odd coloring or growth problems.

It turns out, successful gardening involves a delicate balance of pH levels, temperature control, and humidity — plus the ever-important task of keeping pests at bay. #whoknew

The maintenance was also more demanding than expected.

Cleaning the hydroponic system involved disassembling parts and soaking them in my bathtub — a process that hilariously turned into a multi-day affair every time, thanks to my ADHD.

Despite the challenges, the journey of growing my own food has been incredibly rewarding.

It has deepened my appreciation for nature and the complex beauty of plant life.

I highly encourage everyone to try their hand at gardening, even if it’s just a small herb garden.

It connects us with our food, our environment, and ultimately, with each other.

If you’re wanting to start your own hydroponic adventure, I’d suggest a tabletop one from this list.

Happy gardening!

Thania (TA Content Mgr)

P.S. I don’t have a green thumb — I’ve even been guilty of killing a succulent.

So, hopefully, that brings you some hope when it comes to growing your own food! 🤣



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Wellness Tips From Our Community


Emily Stone’s wellness tip.
⭐️ Share your wellness tips with our community here so we can get better together.


Stuff We’re Loving This Week


🎶 Enhance every journey with this inexpensive travel speaker — cute, compact, waterproof and great sound.

👤 Thania swears by this Decompression Back Belt for effective lower back pain relief.

🌟 Achieve smoother skin with this top choice for scar care.

🛌 Relax in comfort with this soft cotton jersey 4-piece bed set.


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