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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Funds available to pay medical bills for Hartford area residents
There are funds available to cover Hartford area residents’
medical bills that aren’t being spent. Responding to requests, Nelson and Elsie
Brainard started the fund in 1957 to help people “of modest means” facing
unemployment and bankruptcy because of high medical bills. The Fund now spends
hundreds of thousands each year covering bills, but as the end of this year
approaches, there is still money available. Of course there are qualifications
– the Fund pays bills for medical care of adults that aren’t eligible for
public programs facing financial hardship due to a serious or chronic medical
condition. The bills must be at least $3,000 and patients must pay some part of
the bill. The Fund works with 12 area agencies to assist people applying for
funds. For more, go to the Brainard Fund
brochure or call 211 and ask.
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