Review the bill for accuracy, and contact the billing company if you have any questions.
Check that the claim has been submitted to your insurance plan. Call your insurer if you believe it has underpaid or made a mistake.
Call or write a letter to the billing company to explain why you can't pay the bill, then ask if there's anything they can do.
Search the Patient Advocate Foundation’s National Financial Resource Directory for help paying medical bills.
Ask if your doctor or hospital has a financial assistance or hardship program.
Ask your provider, billing advocate, or hospital case manager about community organizations or governmental agencies that offer financial assistance.
New Choice Health aims to help patients make more informed healthcare decisions. Its marketplace service allows patients to compare prices at medical facilities and contact facilities directly to request a quote. Its Patient Assist Program pairs patients with a case manager to review insurance eligibility, pricing, and financial needs.
Through Healthcare Bluebook's search tool, members can learn the fair market price for medical procedures in their area in order to negotiate better pricing. The company's concierge service helps members find the best in-network care for a fair price, schedule an appointment, and transfer medical records.
Alliance of Claims Assistance Professionals helps patients with their medical claims. Services include reviewing bills for accuracy, helping manage the necessary paperwork to dispute a bill, and negotiating costs with providers.
Alliance of Professional Health Advocates maintains a directory of independent health/patient advocates and care managers. Advocates provide assistance with medical billing claims and denials, reviewing medications, securing disability benefits, arranging treatment-related travel, and finding pain management, home health and holistic care in the U.S. and Canada.