Stack of Money

The Price of Twins

Yesterday, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the twins coming home from the hospital (for the first time) and I received a response to my inquiry from the hospital billing department.

Even though everything has been finalized since April and we paid the last of the bills in June, they keep on sending us monthly statements noting that insurance is pending. I asked them the status, since they’re still sending us paper. Their response: “The account has not finalized and is currently pending with insurance for non-covered charges. Please allow time for processing.” Well, alright. ⌚️

While on the subject, I calculated the cost of all of this, assuming nothing new comes from the year-in-waiting statements. 💸🤑

The bills include Vanessa’s prenatal, labor, delivery, and typical recovery stay of a couple of days; the delivery of the twins, their 11-day NICU stay, the NICU doctors, their follow-up emergency medical transport, ER screen (spent an hour in the ER between the ambulance and going to the patient room, that hospital stay, and the on-floor doctors. Since this was always a high-risk pregnancy, being a multiple birth, there were a solid number of ultrasounds.

Grand Totals

  • $306,643.36 billed to insurance ($99k per twin was the NICU itself).
  • $165,958.43 discounted through insurance agreements.
  • $132,904.00 paid by insurance.
  • $1,257.30 discounted directly to us by Seton—the hospital network that included both hospitals used.
  • $6,523.90 paid by us out of pocket.

In contrast, when Catalina was born in 2011, the insurance I had then did not cover maternity care1. While they covered Catalina’s hospital, post-birth, it did not cover anything for Vanessa or anything for Catalina pre-birth. I mentally blocked out the actual number, but we paid about $14,000 out of pocket for that normal, non-medicated pregnancy.

  1. Now all health care plans include maternity, as far as I know, as a result of the ACA/Obamacare. 





2 responses to “The Price of Twins

  1. Richard A. Avatar

    Those are insane amounts of money.

    1. Brandon Kraft Avatar

      And that’s with Automattic’s great insurance and a relatively easy NICU stay. I’d laugh if I thought it was a Saturday Night Live sketch.

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