State’s providers, hospitals to ease medical expenses

(Boston Globe) The largest health insurers in Massachusetts said they will ease the strain of medical costs for those injured in the Marathon bombing by waiving out-of-pocket fees, while three Boston hospitals promised to hold off mailing bills to those patients.

Donations have poured in to the One Fund launched last week by the city and the state to help those most affected by the April 15 attack, and to funds created by patients’ friends and families to offset treatment costs. But many who were seriously injured, including at least 14 who had limbs amputated, could require expensive medical and rehabilitative care for months to come.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest insurer, created a dedicated team of customer support specialists and caregivers to help members who were affected and to evaluate bills on a case-by-case basis, while Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan pledged to waive all out-of-pocket medical costs for those hurt during the bombing.

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