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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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The “Dispensary of Hope” Offers Medications

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Every time we hear about medications being distributed for free at low cost it seems we don’t qualify. But I still believe that if you need the medications, you should continue to pursue every resource you hear about because you never know when you may find the service that works for you!

Perhaps The Dispensary of Hope could be one of your options (Don’t you love that name? I kind of wish that was Rest Ministries tag line, “The Dispensary of Hope.) This organization is “a young and growing not-for-profit network of prescription drug contributors, collection and distribution sites, and dispensing medical centers – all designed to assist people who can’t afford needed drugs (income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines) and lack the insurance to cover them.”

They even have a mail-order pharmacy to provide direct patient access to assistance programs.

According to them, about 1,000 medical practices in the U.S. donate drug samples that otherwise would be  destroy (worth tens of millions of dollars) . They are donated to a 30-location med dispensary system and this system hands out  100,000 prescriptions a year to low-income patients.

For details see “How it Works” at their web site. They also have a blog with M-F posts from guest bloggers. With the USA’s healthcare reform on the table, you will find some interesting information here including a recent post, Increasing Medicaid Enrollment + Doctor Shortage + Fewer Docs taking Medicaid = Tough times for those in need.



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Are You Being Charged Incorrectly for Medical Bills?

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According to a recent article “Health care spending in the U.S. is five (5) times that of defense and three (3) times that of education. Health care insurers, Medicare, Medicaid, and consumers bear the cost of fraud, which represents an ever-growing burden in the form of increased premiums, taxes, co-pays and deductibles.”

Of this $51 billion issue, upwards of $10 billion of it is likely coming from overcharges on medical bills like yours.

I just ran across this organization, Medical Billing Advocates of America, in a well-known magazine. You can find an advocate to help you prevent overpayments on your individual medical bills or to recover money you’ve already spent. Search for an advocate by state or find advocates who specialize in your particular case.

They even have a guide on how to become a better health billing advocate for yourself, knowing what to watch for on your bills. I plan to contact them this week to see if they have any advice for some medical bills I am being charged for inappropriately!

If anyone has any experience with them (good or bad) we’d love to hear your story!

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