-- Don’t hesitate to ask a family member or friend to help you understand the bills. Patients can often be too sick to make the calls and do the research needed to stay on top of the billing. Ask someone you trust to give you a hand.
-- If you need other help, many states have consumer affairs offices or the office of the state attorney general may have information or resources than are helpful to patients facing debt concerns. Non-profit counseling services and the state-based civil legal services offices may also be helpful.
Sources: Washington Law Help.org, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, The National Foundation for Credit Counseling, The Kaiser Family Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, The American Academy of Family Physicians.
Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
Wed, Apr 23 2014