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Reesha Ahmed went for her first prenatal check-up and routine blood tests in Venus, Texas. She ended up losing the pregnancy and became responsible for an exorbitantly high lab bill, despite having insurance. The hospital charged over $9,000 for standard blood tests, and the insurer only covered a portion. Other tests were not covered as preventive care as recommended. After months of appeals, complaints, and denials, the hospital finally zeroed out Ahmed’s bills. The situation highlights the high costs of using a hospital lab for routine testing, despite no difference in quality compared to independent labs, with no relief from legislation currently on the table to address the issue.