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W.Va. forum to focus on health care issues

July 29, 2000

W.Va. forum to focus on health care issues



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A panel discussion will be held Friday to help consumers understand the sometimes complex issues surrounding health care, including billing.

It is not uncommon for some health care providers to incorrectly bill consumers, said Frank Bellinetti, executive director of Berkeley County Senior Services.

The discussion is intended in part to help consumers recognize mistakes in their bills and take corrective action, said Harry Butler, an AARP coordinator who is helping organize the event.

Consumers will also receive tips on how to read billing statements they receive in the mail.

Sometimes, consumers receive statements in the mail and pay them, assuming they are bills, Bellinetti said. In some cases the statements are not bills, but reports showing what expenses are being submitted to insurance companies for payment, he said.

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The discussion will also touch on issues such as assisted living, long-term care options and Medigap, Bellinetti said.

The forum will be held Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Berkeley Senior Center at 217 N. High Street.

Bellinetti will help lead the discussion along with Bill Davis, state president of the AARP, and Berkeley County Commission President Wayne Dunham.

The forum is free and open to the public. To register, call Butler at 1-304-267-8892.

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