Georgia

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  • Hospital Bills May Be Covered by the Indigent Care Trust Fund PDF

    This brochure explains what the Indigent Care Trust Fund (ICTF) is. It tells what hospitals that have the ITCF must do and cannot do. The brochure also tells you how you can apply for the ICTF and which hospitals in each county have the ICTF program. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Use medical bills you already owe to get "Spend Down" Medicaid

    There are several kinds of Medicaid. Medically Needy Spend-down Medicaid lets you use medical bills you owe to meet income requirements for Medicaid eligibility. Content Detail

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
  • Choosing a Hospital: Tips for Making the Best Decision

    Do you know what hospital your doctor would send you to if you became ill, or if you needed surgery? Do you know which of the hospitals in your area have the best reputations, and for what kinds of care? Does your doctor have privileges at the hospital covered under your plan? The choice of hospital can make a big difference in the outcome of a surgery or illness. Unfortunately, many people don't realize this, and they miss out getting the best possible health care. Here's what you need to know. Content Detail

    By:
    National Health Law Program (HealthCareCoach.com)
  • Help With Hospital Bills

    Many Georgia hospitals participate in the State’s Indigent Health Care Trust Fund. In return for money they receive, the hospitals have to give free care to many patients. They must also help patients in other ways. Read More

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Choosing a Hospital - A Guide for People with Medicare

    At some time in the future, you or a loved one may need to get hospital care. Research shows that some hospitals take better care of patients than others. For instance, hospitals do better when they do the same procedure often. This booklet can help you choose a hospital that will give you good quality care. The document is in PDF format. Content Detail

    By:
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Lowering Health Care Costs

    Getting through the health care jungle while keeping down the costs of health care is hard enough. Check out the information we've put together to help you keep those costs under control. Content Detail

    By:
    National Health Law Program (HealthCareCoach.com)
  • Medical Debt and Seniors: How Consumer Law Can Help

    Americans are living longer, in part due to dramatic advances in medical care. One of the costs of longer life expectancies is that someone has to pay for this medical care. While access to quality medical care is essential for seniors and should be a universal right, it can leave them saddled with unmanageable medical debt. Consumer law remedies are critical in helping seniors avoid financial ruin due to overwhelming medical bills. Content Detail

    By:
    National Consumer Law Center
  • Temporary Health Care Placement Decisionmakers: when you need to move from hospital to nursing home

    When someone is unable to consent to his or her own admission to or discharge from a health care facility, it may be necessary for him or her to have someone else decide. This law covers that. Read More

    By:
    Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services