Both my parents are older adults with health problems. Neither of them have any private health or hospital insurance. My concern is that the hospitals will come after me for unpaid bills since I am the only child and relative who is here locally with them and involved in their lives. I have three siblings that live out of state. No help from them.
I cant afford to be held finacially reponsibe for them.
Mom has been in and out of the hosp now for two months. Dad stays alone at home and I call and go over to check on him. I live 45 min away.
The stress of taking care of them is wearing me out and emotionally and physcially.
And does it matter that I put my name on a form for phone service in her room at the rehab hosp when I took in the deposit? After all, it was just for the phone, which I can handle. Will they now try to hold me responsible for more?
Asked by Anonymous at 5:53 AM on Aug. 12, 2009 in Money & Work
Answer by Jafra_mommy at 6:10 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
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Answer by lacyjones at 8:18 AM on Aug. 12, 2009
The phone is a whole different thing than the hospital bill. You should talk to the billing office about getting them in every program they qualify for. They shouldn't come after you, but if your parents own a home, they will come after that once they pass. As a matter of fact they can force the estate to be liquidated and the family silver or whatever they have of value can be sold to pay the bills. Basically they can take your mother's engagement ring, but they can't touch you. Do contact the office at the hospital in charge of medicare and an elder law attorney.
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