Hospital bills, even with insurance, can devastate your budget. While you might be able to negotiate your bill, also check into your hospital’s financial aid program to reduce your payments.
Each facility has different rules and guidelines to qualify. Those rules are indexed by the federal poverty level. Some places will also factor in other expenses like your prescriptions or other medical bills. They’ll also make you fill out some paperwork, but if you can’t pay your bills, these programs lower your medical debt.
The business office won’t always volunteer this information. Search for a “financial aid,” “financial assistance” or “charity care” and the name of the hospital to find more info.
How to Get Financial Aid for Hospital Bills | One Smart Dollar
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