Helping Cancer Patients and Survivors Crush Their Medical Debt
Expect Miracles Foundation’s partnership with Dollar For helps the EMF cancer community crush eligible hospital bills by helping them navigate charity care, or financial assistance programs. To date, EMF’s partnership has helped 21 cancer survivors eliminate over $539,000 in hospital bills!
Cancer is expensive
Along with awarding grants, EMF connects our community directly with Dollar For who then helps navigate the application process for hospital financial assistance programs that reduce or eliminate medical bills for eligible applicants. As part of our partnership with Dollar For, the EMF community receives prioritized debt forgiveness services from Dollar For. You do not need to be a grant recipient to be eligible for this program.
About Dollar For
Dollar For is a national nonprofit that crushes medical bills by empowering patients and advocating on their behalf.
The Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to offer charity care programs to keep their tax-exempt status. These financial assistance programs reduce or eliminate medical bills for low-to-middle income patients.
Unfortunately, hospitals hold all the power over patients. There is almost no federal oversight of charity care, so most hospitals do the bare minimum to educate patients about these programs. A recent study showed that 72% of nonprofit hospitals spent less on charity care and community investment than they received in tax breaks. Combined, nonprofit hospitals in 2018 received $17 billion in tax breaks that were not passed on as community benefits.
Dollar For is here to help by partnering with EMF. They educate patients about these programs, help patients navigate the application process, and call out hospitals that don’t follow regulations. Dollar For has already crushed over $19 million in medical bills, and their work is entirely funded through philanthropic grants and donations. Their services are completely free – no strings attached, and EMF is proud to partner with them to help cancer patients and survivors.
Expect Miracles Foundation referred Ashley to Dollar For, and they were able to get her hospital bill waived. Now she is studying to become a surgical technician!