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Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced plans to address surprise medical bills in a way that would take the “burden” off Texans.

During a press conference Thursday, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, a Republican from suburban Fort Worth, announced he had filed a bill aimed at preventing medical providers from balance-billing patients, among other things. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio, is filing a similar bill in the House.

If passed, the legislation would force medical providers and health insurers to mediate payment disputes before they send bills to patients. Hancock said the point of SB 1264 is to take “the burden off of patients.”

“[It] takes it off of their plates completely,” Hancock said.

He highlighted the case of Drew Calver, a public school teacher in Austin whose six-figure hospital bill after a heart attack was featured in a “Bill of the Month” investigation by KHN, NPR member station KUT and CBS. Hancock noted Calver’s bill was reduced after the media attention, but it shouldn’t take such attention for a patient to get a reasonable bill.

Under this legislation, both sides of the payment dispute would settle their issues through an existing balance-bill mediation program. The Texas Department of Insurance program has been successful in lowering medical bills across the state.

The legislation would beef up the program, which addresses surprise balance bills greater than $ 500 from all emergency providers, including free-standing emergency departments and all out-of-network providers working at a network facility.

“This is designed to apply in situations where patients don’t have any choice which facility they go to or which physician is involved in their care,” Hancock said.

The insurance department’s mediation program, historically, had many loopholes and few consumers qualified for help. It was expanded in 2017, though, and more patients have been filing complaints.

For example, in 2014, the department was asked to mediate 686 medical bills. During the 2018 fiscal year, it received 4,445 bills.

Hancock said the program, so far, has saved Texas patients $ 30 million.

Consumer advocates argued the system works only when patients know mediation is an option, however.

Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said patients don’t always know help is available or they find the process intimidating.

“The instructions for how to do it are on your medical bill and your explanation of benefits — the most indecipherable documents you are going to get,” she told KUT earlier this year.

She and others have argued Texas should adopt a program similar to those in states like New York, California and Florida, whose systems are more consumer-friendly.

Martinez Fischer said it’s time Texas officials step in to help patients who are caught in the middle of disputes between medical providers and health insurers.

“It has been an industry issue for a few years — I grant you that,” he said, “the health plans and the providers fighting over their business interests, and I respect that. But 10 years later, it is a consumer issue.”

Among other things, Hancock’s bill would allow people with federally regulated self-funded health plans to opt into the state’s mediation program. According to Hancock, those plans make up about 40 percent of Texas’ insurance market, but those consumers are currently not able to take part in the program. Hancock said this should provide relief to consumers while federal lawmakers weigh their own efforts to address surprise medical bills.

“Texas will send a loud and clear signal to D.C. that similar consumer protections need to be passed at the federal level,” Hancock said. “Until then, Texas … [is] committed to doing something about it.”

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said he’s encouraged by Texas’ efforts, but called federal protections “essential.”

“Only approval in Congress of legislation like my End Surprise Billing Act can both protect those who work for large employers with self-funded, federally regulated ERISA plans and assure that patients across America are not forced to pay the price for conflicts between insurers and health care providers,” he said in a statement.

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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In Texas, a growing number of patients are turning to a little-known state mediation program to deal with unexpected hospital bills.

The bills in question often arrive in patients’ mailboxes with shocking balances that run into the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When patients, through no fault of their own, are treated outside their insurers’ network of hospitals, the result can be a surprise bill. Other times, insurers won’t agree to pay what the hospital charges, and the patient is on the hook for the balance.

The Texas Department of Insurance’s mediation program can intervene when Texans complain about an unexpected bill — often after an emergency in which a patient is rushed for treatment at an out-of-network hospital.

Historically, the state program had many restrictions that left few consumers eligible for help. But the Texas Legislature expanded it in 2017.

Since then, more patients have been filing complaints. In 2014, the department was asked to mediate 686 medical bills. During the 2018 fiscal year, however, it received 4,445 bills, more than double the 2,063 bills received in 2017.

Even after the changes, the mediation program could be a lot more robust and is likely addressing only a fraction of these problematic bills, consumer advocates say.

The Road To A Surprise Medical Bill

Brad Buckingham had to deal with a surprise medical bill after a bicycle accident in 2016.

Buckingham sent his bill to Kaiser Health News and NPR’s “Bill of the Month” portal last year.

The Austin, Texas, dentist said he was on a ride with friends in December 2016 when he crossed train tracks at an angle to avoid a pileup. His wheel slipped out from under him, and he landed hard on his left hip.

“All I could do was scream,” he said. “I couldn’t even make words.”

His friends called an ambulance, and Buckingham was taken to the nearest hospital: St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

“I specifically remember I gave them my health insurance information in the ambulance,” he said. “And they put me in the ER, and from the ER they took my insurance information again.”

Buckingham had insurance through Baylor Scott & White Health, which he bought through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. St. David’s was out of his plan’s network, but no one told him that — at first.

Buckingham had broken his hip, and doctors took him into surgery the same day.

“They held me in the hospital for three days just for recovery and never told me I was out of network until the time of my discharge,” he said.

A few weeks later, Buckingham got a bill that said he owed $ 71,543.

The total bill eventually came to $ 75,346. Baylor Scott & White, which left the ACA marketplace the following year, paid only $ 3,812.

Buckingham thought it was a mistake, he said. He called the hospital and the insurer to sort it out. But after weeks of inquiring about it, there was no resolution.

Both the hospital and insurer insisted payment was his responsibility.

“I’m sitting there thinking to myself that there is no way — there is no way — this is right,” he said.

Baylor Scott & White said it couldn’t discuss Buckingham’s bill “due to confidentiality requirements.”

After Buckingham gave St. David’s permission to discuss his case with the media, the hospital released a statement saying his bill was actually the amount he owed from his deductible and coinsurance — not a balance bill.

The hospital also said the bill was so large because of his “high deductible plan.”

Those plans “may be attractive to some people because they cost less, though they place more financial responsibility on the patient,” the statement from St. David’s said.

Buckingham said his policy had a deductible of $ 5,000 for in-network care and $ 10,000 for out-of-network care. He still doesn’t know how his bill got to be so high, he said.

Buckingham didn’t know about the state’s mediation program. But even if he had known, he wasn’t eligible for the program at the time. His bike accident and the billing dispute with the hospital happened months before the Texas Legislature decided to expand the pool of eligible patients. So he hired his own lawyer to help him negotiate with the hospital.

Buckingham now owes a couple of thousand dollars to St. David’s, he said, but he remains frustrated by the experience.

“You know, whenever I tell my story to anybody, they kind of agree — like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is ridiculous,’” he said. “But then when you talk to the people that have any control over it, it’s the exact opposite. It’s: ‘You owe it; we don’t.’”

‘A Total Roll Of The Dice’

A surprise bill can happen to anyone who makes an urgent trip to the nearest emergency room.

“It’s a total roll of the dice,” said Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin. She has been looking into balance billing for years. “The medical emergency that’s going to send you to the hospital where you could get a surprise bill — is that emergency room going to be in or out of network?”

Pogue said the Texas Department of Insurance’s mediation process forces an insurance company and the hospital or medical provider to negotiate a fair price for services. Ninety percent of the time those negotiations happen over the phone, she said.

There are two big reasons the number of bills sent for mediation more than doubled from 2017 to 2018, Pogue said.

“One is just increased awareness,” she said. “There is constant media attention now to surprise medical bills because the stories are so shocking, right? We see them covered more, so people are more aware that when they get one, they could do something about it.”

The second reason is that, in 2017, the Texas Legislature opened the mediation program up to more people, including teachers.

Stacey Shapiro got a $ 6,720 bill after being treated in the hospital for a hypoglycemic attack.(Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT)

Can’t Wish It Away

Stacey Shapiro, a first-grade teacher in Austin, also received a surprise bill from St. David’s South Austin Medical Center after she landed in the emergency room last March.

The marathon runner said she woke up one Saturday for an early run and wasn’t feeling well.

“All of a sudden the whole room started spinning. … I started sweating, sweating like buckets,” she said. “It was terrible, and then all I remember is that my ears started popping, my vision got blurred and then the next thing I knew, I had passed out.”

Shapiro’s boyfriend heard her hit the bathroom floor. He found her passed out, with her eyes open and hardly breathing. He took her to St. David’s because it was the closest hospital.

Shapiro was taken care of in a few hours, she said. Hospital staff gave her fluids and anti-nausea medication. Doctors found she had a dramatic change in her blood pressure that was likely due to a spell of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

Two months later, a bill for $ 6,720 came in the mail.

Like many teachers in Austin, Shapiro gets her health insurance from Aetna.

In a statement, the insurer said Austin school district employees are supposed to use the Seton Accountable Care Organization network, comprising several Catholic hospitals in the area. The parent company for St. David’s, the for-profit hospital chain HCA, doesn’t participate in that network.

“Unfortunately, HCA is not currently accepting payments through Aetna’s [contracted payment] program, which provides set payment fees for non-participating providers. This has resulted in Ms. Shapiro being balance billed for her emergency room visit,” Aetna wrote in a statement.

Shapiro said she had heard of other Austin Independent School District employees dealing with high hospital bills. In fact, Shapiro reached out to radio station KUT after hearing the story of Drew Calver, an Austin high school teacher who was balance-billed for nearly $ 109,000 by St. David’s after a heart attack. Calver’s story was part of Kaiser Health News and NPR’s “Bill of the Month” series last year.

In her case, Shapiro said, Aetna told her not to pay what the hospital was charging her. She was told to pay only her deductible ($ 1,275), which she did right away, she said. But St. David’s kept sending her bills for the remaining balance, which was more than $ 5,000.

“I guess I just thought that it was going to go away,” Shapiro said.

But it didn’t. For a public school teacher, $ 5,000 would have been a huge blow to her budget, she said.

Shapiro applied for financial assistance, but St. David’s told her she didn’t qualify. She felt out of options, she said — until a friend told her about the state’s mediation program.

After she contacted the program, a state mediator set up a scheduled call with Aetna and St. David’s. But before it took place, a KUT reporter asked St. David’s for a comment on the situation. Shortly afterward, Shapiro said, St. David’s told her she no longer owed anything.

St. David’s later told KUT that Shapiro had “already satisfied her financial obligation.” It also denied that she was balance-billed to begin with.

Shapiro called the whole experience exhausting. “It’s just very frustrating because this has been very time-consuming,” she said.

More Work To Do

Pogue, of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, has been arguing that the state needs to find more ways to get involved. The current mediation process is pretty good, she said, but not enough people know it’s an option.

“Because first, the instructions for how to do it are on your medical bill and your explanation of benefits — the most indecipherable documents you are going to get,” she said.

And even if people understand they have a right to mediation, they might get scared off by the concept and think they need a lawyer, Pogue added.

When people do use the program, though, it tends to work by saving patients money.

In fiscal year 2018, the initial complaints amounted to $ 9.7 million worth of medical bills, according to the state insurance agency. After mediation, the final charges had been negotiated down to $ 1.3 million.

Mediation is helpful, Pogue said, but it still puts a big burden on the patient, who may be confused. “Why didn’t this happen in the first place?” she said. “How come I had to, while recovering from an emergency, decipher medical bills, fill out paperwork with the state department of insurance, jump through all these hoops, when all that needed to happen was a phone call?”

The ideal solution to surprise medical bills would remove consumers from this confusing web altogether, she said.

States like New York, California and Florida have systems that make things easier for consumers, Pogue said, and Texas should, too.

In 2015, New York became the first state to pass a law aimed at protecting patients from surprise medical bills from out-of-network hospitals. Its Emergency Medical Services and Surprise Bills Law holds consumers harmless if they are treated by an out-of-network doctor at a participating hospital, among other things.

In 2016, Florida lawmakers passed legislation protecting consumers from receiving surprise medical bills “from doctors and hospitals that don’t have a contract with the patient’s insurance plan,” the Miami Herald reported.

And in 2017, California passed a law shielding patients from balance billing. The law kicks in if someone visits an in-network provider, including a hospital, imaging center or lab. Under the law, patients would be responsible only for their in-network share of the cost, even if they’re seen by an out-of-network provider.

In the meantime, Pogue said, more Texans should take advantage of what’s already in place in the state.

The number of people who seek mediation is “tiny compared to the number of people who get surprise bills,” she said, “so there is a ton of work to be done.”

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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A 30-year-old nurse and single mother with $ 150,000 in student loan debt received an absolutely life-changing surprise on Wednesday.

Jasmin Ford was surprised with the news that Fifth Third Bank was going to be paying off her student loans entirely. “I still can’t find the words,” the mother said on Thursday. “I’m off work again today and I’m just sort of pacing around and restless because I know my life is going to change.”

Ford is a Chicago native and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2011 and then became a nurse three years later after going back to school for her nursing degree. She finished her Master’s degree in nursing in 2015. With no family assistance, she said she had to take out student loans in order to cover necessities like food and rent in addition to tuition.

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“I just imagine being able to spend more time physically with my family, not having to hustle, having mental freedom and with that, some spiritual freedom,” she said. “I can open myself to more experiences, opportunities and just be able to sit and be with my thoughts and be able to pursue what it is I came to do.”

She also said that life will change for her son, Caleb, who is going to turn 2 in February. While struggling to pay back her debt, Ford worked nearly every day of the week at two jobs. “His life will be totally different,” she said. “I’m so happy and so proud that I’m able to offer that to him more than anything else because he deserves it.”

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White go go boots are making a surprise comeback so break out the disco ball

You can dance, you can jive…

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I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a diehard ABBA and Mamma Mia fan. As my exasperated pals can attest to, I would not shut up about Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again when it came out and I’ve been low-key trying to sneak 70s inspired pieces into my wardrobe ever since. While the summery dresses won’t work for the winter cold anymore, I have been noticing a pretty surprising fashion trend around a lot recently: the return of the white go go boot. And honestly, I stan.

Although in the past I’ve typically only seen them at costume parties, they’ve cemented themselves a little niche amongst the fashion forward this season. From chic leather pieces to jaw-dropping white snakeskin, a number of them were spotted all over the fashion week just gone.

With some of my favourite high street retailers and luxury brands jumping on the bandwagon, I’m genuinely tempted to join in – even if they’re not the most practical colour. (Needs must when it comes to looking cool AF.)

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While they might seem pretty daunting to style, they’re a total dream if you pair them with another big winter trend: patterned midi dresses and midi skirts. And seeing that shock of white underneath a statement winter coat will have you Instagram ready in no time with a kick ass OOTD.

If you’re a go go boot purist, this might not be 100% the right edit for you as I’ve popped in a few pieces that take the staple into 2018. Don’t @ me on Twitter for steering away from the latex please, I’m just a girl in love with white boots.

And cowboy boots.

And ankle boots.

Just, boots.

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Before I fall down a boot-related rabbit hole, here’s my edit of the best white knee high boots for the season.

If you end up buying a pair, sticking on ABBA’s Dancing Queen and having a little boogie, I’m right there with you. We should grab a coffee sometime.

FIND White Leather Slouch Boots

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FIND is fast becoming one of my favourite new brands, as they’ve been knocking it out of the park with their footwear recently. After I fell in love with our Digital Fashion Editor Penny’s faux snakeskin cowboy boots, they had me falling in love all over again with these beauties. (P.S. They’re currently 30% off and also come in red and black.)

Priced at £72.10, available at Amazon.co.uk/Find

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New Look White Limited Edition Knee High Western Boots

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New Look has really stepped up their game with this piece which brings the best of both winter trend worlds together: white footwear and Western-style boots. With subtle embroidery and a faux wood block heel, they look ultra expensive and won’t set you back too much.

Priced at £49.99, available at New Look

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Tibi Logan Patent-Leather Knee Boots

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These are about as close as you’ll get to a traditional go go boot, as they’re made of the same shiny patent leather we’ve come to associate them with. That said, the pointed tip and rounded top bring it more into 2018 – so it’s more a chic throwback than a dated reference.

Priced at £780, available at NET-A-PORTER

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Mango Snake Effect High-Leg Boots

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These are the shoes that kicked off my obsession with white boots, if I’m being perfectly honest. I saw them in Mango and they actually look a little paler than they do here, so IMO they still belong in the shade territory. Animal print is the trend that just doesn’t want to die this season and with faux snakeskin like this, why would you ever want it to?

Priced at £59.99, available at Mango

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Gabriela Hearst Linda Croc-Effect Leather Over-The-Knee Boots

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Gabriela Hearst may be better known for their bags which swept Instagram into a frenzy, however these faux croc boots are a great case for why they’re nailing the broader fashion game. Pair it with a cosy long dress and you’ll be a total winter goddess.

Priced at £1,220, available at NET-A-PORTER

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& other stories Knee High Leather Boots

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It came out recently that & other stories’ white cowboy boots were amongst the most in demand styles this season and they show no sign of slowing down with these boots. With a blockier heel for extra support, these boots were truly made for walking and are the epitome of Scandi-chic.

Priced at £199, available at & other stories

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Julia Mays Faux Fur White Nappa

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I can never resist a bit of faux fur. These boots aren’t quite as tall as the others on the list and come to about your mid-calf. They’re giving me total Parisian chic vibes and while they’re a bit pricier, the quality speaks for itself as they’re made from Nappa leather and lined with faux fur inside to boot.

Priced at £495, available at Julia Mays

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TBH these boots aren’t made for walking, but that’s still what they’ll do.

I’m just going to bite the bullet and commit to buying a pair, who needs Christmas presents for the fam anyways?

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As an Afro-Latina, Gina Rodriguez’s Comments Don’t Surprise Me

First things first, Latina women can be and say racist things, too.

In many Central and Latin American countries and communities, black women — let’s just say what it is, black people — are often erased or seen as second-class citizens. That reality is the first thing that came to mind when I saw the uproar concerning Gina Rodriguez’ statement about African American women making more money than Latina women in Hollywood.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” said Rodriquez during a recent roundtable discussion with fellow actresses Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts, and Ellen Pompeo.

I honestly think it is difficult for Rodriguez to see black women win; given the fact this is not the first time she has spoken on the success of black people. I’m not sure why since black women set the standard for liberation and lead movements women of color and white women benefit beyond the ranks of entertainment. Black women have had an unparalleled journey in the film industry.

Need Rodriguez be reminded of the women who fought to integrate plays, films, and television shows and made history despite adversity? Or should we recall the history of black women being subjected to playing roles similar to the realities their mothers and grandmothers lived through as servants, during extreme moments of injustice, poverty, and racism?

And yes — I stretched before I reached on this one. I get the context of Rodriguez’ comment. But at the end of the day, she had no right to use black women as a point of reference or comparison to communicate her feelings about diversity and equal pay in Hollywood; invalid or not.



Somebody get her on the phone.

Instead of counting a black woman’s coins, she should find ways to partner and collaborate with us. As someone who has been given the label and responsibility of a said activist, she could be using her energy to uplift women across the Latin community. But then again, that would require her to see and put on for Afro-Latin women who make less than her as some of the most underrepresented women in general. But that’s an entirely different story.

I often pay homage to my late immigrant Garifuna Honduran grandmother whose name I carry and use in my byline. Today, I decided to channel her Latin spice to call Rodriguez out and charge her with the task of being more mindful of her position as a young Latina with power and privilege.

I want to see all women win and we can’t do that if we’re not helping one another build.

 


The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

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As an Afro-Latina, Gina Rodriguez’s Comments Don’t Surprise Me

First things first, Latina women can be and say racist things, too.

In many Central and Latin American countries and communities, black women — let’s just say what it is, black people — are often erased or seen as second-class citizens. That reality is the first thing that came to mind when I saw the uproar concerning Gina Rodriguez’ statement about African American women making more money than Latina women in Hollywood.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” said Rodriquez during a recent roundtable discussion with fellow actresses Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts, and Ellen Pompeo.

I honestly think it is difficult for Rodriguez to see black women win; given the fact this is not the first time she has spoken on the success of black people. I’m not sure why since black women set the standard for liberation and lead movements women of color and white women benefit beyond the ranks of entertainment. Black women have had an unparalleled journey in the film industry.

Need Rodriguez be reminded of the women who fought to integrate plays, films, and television shows and made history despite adversity? Or should we recall the history of black women being subjected to playing roles similar to the realities their mothers and grandmothers lived through as servants, during extreme moments of injustice, poverty, and racism?

And yes — I stretched before I reached on this one. I get the context of Rodriguez’ comment. But at the end of the day, she had no right to use black women as a point of reference or comparison to communicate her feelings about diversity and equal pay in Hollywood; invalid or not.



Somebody get her on the phone.

Instead of counting a black woman’s coins, she should find ways to partner and collaborate with us. As someone who has been given the label and responsibility of a said activist, she could be using her energy to uplift women across the Latin community. But then again, that would require her to see and put on for Afro-Latin women who make less than her as some of the most underrepresented women in general. But that’s an entirely different story.

I often pay homage to my late immigrant Garifuna Honduran grandmother whose name I carry and use in my byline. Today, I decided to channel her Latin spice to call Rodriguez out and charge her with the task of being more mindful of her position as a young Latina with power and privilege.

I want to see all women win and we can’t do that if we’re not helping one another build.

 


The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

The post As an Afro-Latina, Gina Rodriguez’s Comments Don’t Surprise Me appeared first on Black Enterprise.

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