Focus on LifeSmarts: Countdown to St. Louis! – National Consumers League

As we get closer to this year’s National LifeSmarts Championship event, which will take place in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, we thought it might be a good time to showcase the real-life lessons LifeSmarts offers its participants.

First up: Health and Safety

As the economy worsens, you or someone you know may have difficulty paying medical bills. In LifeSmarts, teen participants learn that it pays to shop around and compare many different options before selecting what to purchase. Good consumers also know that the prices of certain items are negotiable – like new and used cars, houses, and consumer items bought through online auctions.

What you may not know is that many doctors have some flexibility with the rates they charge and may be able to offer reduced fees depending on your circumstances. Check out this recent New York Times article “Bargaining Down the Medical Bills” to find out more about negotiating fees with doctors and to read some helpful tips.