May 15, 2023 — Featured News

Originally appearing in The Washington Post on May 15, 2023, patient advocates and attorneys, including Berneta Haynes, offer strategies to help consumers save on costs, avoid unexpected charges and negotiate with health insurers.

Don’t put [medical debt] on a credit card or take out a loan to pay for it before you seek assistance, said Berneta Haynes, a senior staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center. By paying it off, even on credit, “you’re essentially giving up your ability to even obtain financial assistance.”

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