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Four Tips for Getting Support & Finding Resources

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1. Prioritize your needs and act early.
2. Be very specific in your ask and be willing to share requested information.
3. Understand your emotions and deal with your emotions first when you can.
4. Receive what is offered, be grateful and say ‘thank you’ and be willing to ask “Do you know someone else who might be able to help?”

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Health Insurance

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Most hospitals and many medical groups offer significant discounts for services paid in cash within 30 days of the service or treatment. You may be able to reduce the bills 30% to 50%. Talk to the billing office, hospital staff and/or a social worker on staff. Tip: Before you check out of the hospital ask for help to lower the bill. Also depending on your situation, condition, age and many other factors, the hospital may have a foundation, or other funds to assist you. Ask about options.

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Share a Meal

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Share a Meal: Find an apartment community or professional organizations with a share a meal program. These meet many needs like not eating alone, sharing expenses, and/or cooking/shopping duties. If you can’t find one, consider starting one in your neighborhood. You can do it with little or no cash investment, a few hours a week and a few phone calls.

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Utilities Assistance

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Municipalities, counties, or utility companies may have programs to help with water/sewer, fuel assistance or other utilities. Most of these programs are not highly marketed so you must make contact and inquire.

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