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So what happens when you're homeless for years and single and don't have a job, don't care about your credit history anymore, and have to go to the ER?  Assuming you don't have a car, but have a long since expired state ID card.  Do they still treat you if you get sick and develop pneumonia?  What if you have an asthma attack?  Who did they send the bill to if you have no Medicaid and no insurance and no address or cell phone?  If you need to be transported by ambulance, to whom do they send the ambulance bill? Do they just print out the bill and give it to you directly?  Or do they have some special county-funded program that pays for such costs, or do they take you to some special hospital that covers such people that has substandard care?  What if you have a mood disorder and lose insurance and lose everything you own and lose your health insurance and run out of anticonvulsants and have seizures and such? What would happen to you? That would not be pleasant. Maybe they would give you limited treatment and try to send you back to the homeless shelter.

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In Colorado Springs, they send you to the city owned hospital, and if you are classified as indigent, your fees are written off. I am not sure where their program gets it funding, but I think it is a combo of Federal, State and City.

During one of hubby's episodes, they did not believe him when he told them he was married and had a family and a job. They stamped INDIGENT on his file and we never got a bill for the emergency room visit.

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