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Posted by rosilita on July 04, 2000 at 09:21:37:

In Reply to: medical bills posted by Suzi on July 04, 2000 at 04:44:36:

: My father-in-law recently died after a long battle with colon cancer. My mother-in-law made many sacrifices in order to care for him (which I am sure many others have done the same), but now she is inundated with medical bills. They have reached over $250,000 (after insurance has paid), and she doesn't know what to do. Is there help out there for her, or is this another battle she is going to have to fight? Please email me if you have any information to help. I would appreciate it! God Bless Everyone

suzi, this is terrible part of our system, and why everyone should have health insurance. i can assure you she has rights. first of all tell her to make sure the insurance company has paid all of their share. in times like these they are notorious for not making payments, and you may not be aware of this. second as long as she makes a promise to pay the debters must stop harassing her. have her figure out what to pay. don't second morgage her house. even if she promises 50 a month the providers have to accept it. have her put it in writing. i promise to pay, so much a month on this bill, and do not send me any more letters, or i will consider it harassment. if she puts it in writing, they must stop. don't go to any lawyers, they will only charge for this. i hate to say i worked for a while in a company of lawyers for large medical ins companies , so i know this to be true. her request to stop harassing has to be in writing, and as long as she promises to pay something a month they must stop. things like i heard what your mother-in-law is going through is why i stopped working for lawyers. good luck, any questions. please post.

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