From the Patient Advocate Foundation Website:
January 30, 2002
Effective ways to get medical debt reduced or written off
Moderator: Erin Moaratty, Patient Liason Representative
After being diagnosed with any illness, especially a serious or terminal one, other areas of your life are unfortunately affected as well. Patient Advocate Foundation callers often express a great need for financial relief. During this discussion, we will strive to inform you of possible financial assistance options which may be available. This session is also designed to help you become an effective advocate in solving your own financial issues relating to medical bills. Points of discussion will include:
* Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies and how they can help you
* National Organizations that offer specific funding
* How to utilize your local community resources
* How to address your financial hardship to your physician/treating facility for reduction or full charity write-off
* Medication Assistance Programs available
* Federal and State Program available to qualified individuals
Finding financial assistance can be a very difficult task and may require a lot of patience and phone calls. Many times a change must be made, such as selling a home, moving to a less expensive apartment or selling the second car. Sometimes the funding you need is not available, however other assistance may be offered. As long as the funding is not paid directly to the creditor you may consider using the transportation assistance to pay your medical bills. For a listing of additional resources access our online publication, "The Financial Resource Guide: A State-By-State Directory."
This service is provided for informational purposes only and is not designed to give individual legal advice. If you have a legal problem, please contact an attorney.
To participate in the live chat, visit the Patient Advocate Website and follow the link for the PAF Chat Session (found in the upper right hand corner of the webpage). When it's time for the session to start, you will be able to access the chat via a "join chat" link. (This "join" link will only be active between 8-10 p.m.) It is not necessary to pre-register for this online chat.
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