4.5 million older adults have a
past due medical bill . . .
Caregivers are particularly vulnerable
Tips to deal with medical debt:
Getting medical bills right
If you’re a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary, Medicaid pays for your Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. Doctors, suppliers, and other providers should not bill you for services and items covered by Medicare. If a provider asks you to pay, that bill may be against the law.
Dealing with a debt in collections
Health insurance counselors can provide free help
Finding insurance coverage that is affordable and meets your needs can help protect you from medical debt moving forward. Health insurance counselors are free, unbiased, experts who can provide free local help.
To find a counselor, visit the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) locator at shiphelp.org.