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College Athlete Unexpectedly Got Slammed With Medical Bills

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Bergen County Community College athlete, Brittany Meyer, received an injury on the court while playing for the women's basketball team. What she didn't realize was that this injury left her with a $100,000 medical bill in her name!

As Meyer was going up for a routine lay-up she fell down the wrong way, which caused her to tear her ACL.

Meyer explained what happened after her injury on the court.

"I went and had surgery about 3 months later, did physical therapy in those previous 3 months, and then went to more physical therapy and got slammed with bills," she said.

Meyer alleges the school said they will cover all the medical bills. However, the school did not follow through on their word and all the medical bills were in her name. Some speculate now that this shows that the school does not have insurance for the women's basketball team. On the other hand, the school does have health insurance for the men's basketball team. This in fact deprives women of their equal rights at Bergen County Community College.

Meyer’s lawyer, Jim DeZao explains why this case needed attention immediately.

"It's a little unusual to have everything covered but this one team, and that's what sparked our interest in this case," he said

A spokesman for the school, Larry Hlavenka, released a statement that said: “Bergen County Community College is committed to insuring the health care bills incurred by Brittany Meyer as a result of her injury sustained as a member of the women's basketball team are covered.”

According to Hlavenka, this bill was a mistake and they are trying to act as fast as they can to fix this issue.

"The genesis of this inquiry stems from a clerical error. Upon realization, college officials acted immediately...to rectify it with its insurance providers: Bollinger, Inc. and Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company," he said.

All of the teams at Bergen County Community College are covered by insurance. However, for some reason it did not come up in the system that women's basketball players were covered as well.

This case is going through litigation because Meyer’s bills are still in her name and still needs to be transferred back to the school.

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