Millions of Americans across every demographic are buckling under the weight of medical debt and they are desperate for solutions
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 10, 2012
According to the CDC, one in three Americans report that their family is experiencing the financial burden of medical care, a statistic that has been commonly referenced during the health care reform debate. In response to this disturbing trend, iHealth Care Updates announced today the launch of the HelpCare Program, an initiative to support individuals and families facing hardship brought on by medical debt.
“Millions of Americans across every demographic are buckling under the weight of medical debt and they are desperate for solutions,” said Chris Jones, iHealth Care Updates founder. “Our website has been a helpful source of information for many. However, as an increasing number of people find themselves bankrupted by medical bills or unable to seek care due to rising costs, we really felt it was time to expand our mission.”
Jones, a health care industry veteran, launched iHealth Care Updates earlier this year to educate consumers about the Affordable Health Care Act and other health care and wellness topics. Since then, the site has been flooded with questions about how health care reform will reduce the financial burden of medical care and requests for assistance with medical debt.
The site’s new HelpCare Program is open to individuals and families in need of financial assistance to cover the cost of a medical bill. To apply, interested parties should submit a video detailing who they are, the challenges they are facing due to excessive medical bills and how a donation from the program will help. Only one video may be submitted per donation period.
The current application period will remain open until January 31. A minimum of $1000 will be dispersed, but may increase based in revenues generated on the site. The one-time financial donation will be paid directly to an insurance company, hospital, doctor, clinic, medical center or other heath facility.
“Medical debt is an issue that hits close to home,” said Jones. “My parents, like many Americans, have accrued medical debt due to not having proper insurance coverage and not being fully informed about the type of coverage that they have. My goal is to be a source of information, hope and financial assistance and let others like my parents know that we’re advocating on their behalf.”
In addition to the HelpCare Program, iHealth Care Updates will begin offering a one-day workshop to small businesses with 50 or less employees to educate them on health insurance topics and facts about the health care act.
For more information about health care reform, wellness and other related topics, visit http://www.ihealthcareupdates.com. Questions about the HelpCare Program can be submitted to helpcare(at)ihealthcareupdates(dot)com.
About iHealth Care Updates
iHealth Care Updates is an online information portal aimed at providing information relevant to health care and wellness. Common topics covered include health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, veteran’s benefits, student health and the Affordable Care Act. For more information and updates, visit http://www.ihealthcareupdates.com.