A group advocating for the poor wants to reduce the red tape involved in trying to get charity care at Illinois hospitals. The Fair Care Coalition has delivered recommendations to the attorney general’s office, which must draw up new rules about applying for such care.
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“We help people that have hospital bills, and that are unable to pay, fill out charity care applications,” says Diane Limas of Chicago. “So our recommendations are truly based on need of the patient. So we want (Attorney General) Lisa Madigan to take into consideration our recommendations and implement them in her rule recommendations.”
A statement from the attorney general’s office says: “Because Attorney General Madigan has long been an advocate to ensure access to quality health care for the uninsured, our office is interested in hearing from all sides of this issue as we draft rules to ensure that people can apply for and receive free or discounted health care. We’ve met with the Fair Care Coalition and will carefully consider their recommendations and concerns.” The recommendations include a standard one-page application; and not to bill patients whose applications are still being processed.