I just wanted to say that I think that so many people are in the same boat as all of us are. With me, it seems as soon as I have any extra money - something comes up. I never have any money as a result.
TD, I like your way of keeping the collectors at bay. I'm just so sick of sending out my money and having none left to buy necessities. (The zipper on the pants I'm wearing today just broke - these pants are a few years old.)
Anyway, Gail, when you do get those bills in the mail, I know it must feel like you're the only one who they sent one to. And you feel like you don't know what to do. Just remember that we're all in the same boat.
Instead of being pushed over the edge, I get angry. I get angry because I have to make phone calls to straighten out the mess and basically I'm doing someone elses work for them.
One thing you have to understand about the hospitals is that they are sending this bill so that if you pay it they don't have to deal with Medicaid anymore - you do. So, don't pay anything and just toss the bill in the garbage, another one will be on its way soon.