vol. 20 // October 2021
We sometimes hear that a bookseller or comic employee is so worried about a possible medical bill they put off going to the doctor or dentist for a long time. We had this kind of inquiry this week.
With the encouragement of their co-workers, Stephanie* reached out to Binc after being in pain for weeks. After talking through their financial situation with a program manager, it was clear why they were so worried about an extra expense. They would have a difficult time paying for any necessary care.
Thanks to you, Binc could reassure the bookseller that the Foundation would likely be able to help in the case of medical bills. The bookseller scheduled their appointment and was seen by a doctor the next day. As it turns out, their health insurance will cover far more than they expected.
The stress and anxiety they had over the anticipated bill was very real, but the actual bill turned out to be much smaller than they thought. In situations like these, Binc’s assistance is not only monetary. With your help, Binc offers financial and informational resources and a compassionate ear.
Just knowing that the Foundation will be here for this individual allowed them to go and receive the medical help they needed. They didn’t need to put it off any longer, because Binc is the booksellers and comic store workers’ safety net.
*Confidentiality is a core component of any assistance Binc provides, so the name of this bookseller has been changed. Some events may have been compressed and details might be included from another story to protect the confidentiality and privacy of all those who receive assistance from Binc.
Resources for Avoiding and Addressing Medical Debt
More than half of hospitals nationwide are nonprofit, and therefore provide financial assistance to qualifying patients, but those programs are often not well known. Kaiser Health News recently posted an informative article on finding and using hospital assistance programs.
Thanks to your support, Binc can provide a wide variety of resources to booksellers and comic shop employees, allowing them to understand their bills, reduce their stress, and focus on healing.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3jcXq9v
“So grateful to Binc for helping me with an emergency dental surgery on such short notice! I would not have been able to have this procedure done and keep my apartment if it weren’t for Binc. Thank you!!”
— A bookseller you helped**
**Quotes may be edited for length, clarity and to help preserve confidentiality.