California Medical Billing Advocates (CALMBA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with a mission to reduce or eliminate unjust medical bills before they become crippling debt.
We believe surprise and excessive medical bills are part of a structural problem due to the complex U.S healthcare system. Unfortunately, many patients get caught up with potentially crippling bills. We believe this is unjust; and founded CALMBA to help.
WE NEGOTIATE MOST TYPES OF MEDICAL BILLS, AND WE CAN HELP ANYWHERE IN CALIFORNIA
WE OPERATE ENTIRELY ON GRANTS AND DONATIONS TO PROVIDE 100% FREE SERVICES TO PATIENTS
Here we answer some of the most common medical bill / debt questions from patients.
If you want clarification on any of these questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit a case.
How Do I Get Help Paying Medical Bills?
Medical Billing and Coding
Ways We Can Help With Medical Bills
Negotiating Prices to More Reasonable Rates
Bill amounts based on very high chargemaster rates can sometimes be negotiated to more reasonable rates based on usual and customary charges (UCC), and/or average contracted rates (ACR).
Negotiating Balance Bills
Many balance bill situations may be unjustified or illegal. Negotiations can eliminate or reduce bill amounts.
Auditing Bills For Errors
Medical bills often may contain errors and inflated charges. We help request and analyze itemized bills on behalf of patients.