The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a national study on the state of medical debt in America. The findings were shocking. Approximately 26% of Americans have medical debt they are struggling to pay. For many people the debt is affecting every aspect of their lives. 70% of respondents with debt reported having to cut back spending on food, clothing, or other basic household items because of their debt. What's worse is many people do not know if their hospital provides financial assistance.
Federal and state law require many hospitals to provide services at a drastically reduced rate for people who qualify. Washington law even requires hospitals to tell people about these laws (which they often do not). Still, 47% of respondents to the Kaiser survey had no idea if their hospital offered reduced fees. Many people who qualify never learn about the programs. Even worse, many people who do learn of these programs are improperly denied by the hospital. These are real laws that have real teeth if the hospitals do not strictly honor them.
Eli Marchbanks is Navigate Law Group's medical debt attorney. He will provide a fee consultation to look at your situation and tell you if he thinks you qualify for reduced medical bills. Even if you have already overpaid, he may be able to get your money back from the hospital. Further, he structures his fee so he does not get paid unless he reduces your medical bills.
To set up a free consultation call Eli at (360) 205-2256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every legal issue is very unique. Accordingly, the information in this blog is intended as general education material and not as legal advice. If you think you may have a legal issue you should consult an attorney.