Financial Tip EG Authorize Medical Care Nov 17

November 27th, 2017 → 12:42 pm @ // No Comments

As many of you know, when a child reaches the age of 18 they are legally an adult. They can legally vote, serve in the military and buy lottery tickets (as well as other items at your local convenience store). However, many of our children at age 18 still live at home or are in college and count on us, as their parents, to guide them through life and occasionally make difficult decisions for them. They need us because they really have no one else to help them. They are too young to be married and serious acquaintances are usually just as unprepared as they are to assist them through life’s true rigors.

So, what happens when your adult child is injured and can’t authorize their own medical treatment? Can’t you, as their parents authorize it for them? You are paying the bills after all. If only it were that simple.

Unfortunately, medical institutions, like hospitals and emergency rooms, don’t abide by common sense – they are bound by these pesky little things called laws. One in particular is called HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996) which requires them to keep your adult child’s medical information private – private …Read More

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