Car insurance companies are looking for help from women’s care companies, who want to help women pay for the cost of a car accident or other medical expenses.
The companies often have little or no experience in women’s health care, and are often hesitant to offer financial help because of ethical concerns, according to Sarah G. Walshe, a lawyer at law firm Greenberg Traurig.
In the past, she says, the companies have typically offered the help on the condition that the women get full payment upfront, with no monthly payments.
Waleslea Health Insurance, which has offices in the Tampa Bay area and Atlanta, Georgia, has a “care car” program for women with a medical condition who want a vehicle that’s safe for them.
It has received more than $4 million in donations from its members.
The women’s service centers in Florida and Florida, home to many of the state’s largest counties, are a different story.
The Florida Department of Health has reported that the number of women’s services has fallen by 40 percent since 2007.
But in addition to the financial help, the Florida Department has also worked with other health care providers to get the women more information about the health care system.
“They have been very responsive and very cooperative,” said Sarah K. Pomeroy, a spokeswoman for the Department of State Health Services.
Wilshe said it’s not uncommon for women’s clinics to be “very hesitant” to help with financial matters.
And sometimes, when the woman’s insurance company finds out, the clinic will simply give the woman a “preferred provider fee” to cover the cost, she said.
That fee is often much less than the money the women are expected to pay out-of-pocket, and is usually not included in the money they are paid.
“Sometimes, it’s as little as a percentage of what the woman is expected to make,” she said, adding that it’s “not uncommon for a woman to have to go to a car insurance company and say, ‘Please, we’re having a financial crisis.'”
Walslea and the other companies have worked with the state Department of Insurance to help them get more information on the health system.
In addition to paying out-front for the car loan, the company has also offered to cover a woman who is under a medical emergency, such as a stroke, if she gets a referral from a provider in the health insurance program.
WALSLEA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, FLORIDA (WSVN) – One of the Florida health insurance companies that has received the most financial assistance from the state to help people pay for their medical bills has partnered with the Women’s Health Center of Tampa Bay to help pay for a car loan for a patient with an undisclosed medical condition.
Wolslea’s Car Loan Calculator has helped more than 1,000 people with car insurance and car loan costs in the past two years.
“We have been able to work with the company to get more out of their program and provide more financial assistance,” Walseas co-president, Krista B. Miller, said.
Welslea, which serves the Tampa-area, has had a car repair program in place for several years and has partnered on several others.
Wulslea has helped cover more than 500 car loans since it started offering the service, and Miller said she expects that number to grow to 1,500 to 1-1,500 by the end of the year.
In total, WALSL is the second-largest car loan program in the state, according for-profit insurance company Cigna, with nearly $10 million in contributions.
The Tampa Bay Women’s Car Care Center said in a statement that it has not received any federal funding to assist with the financial assistance program, which it is partnering with the WALSLABC to offer to women.
“The Car Loan Program was created in an effort to provide financial assistance to women who are unable to pay for an emergency vehicle or medical care,” the statement said.
“These programs are very similar to the Women Care Florida program, and they are offered by similar entities.
Car loans are typically only offered to those with outstanding auto loans and medical bills.”
According to Walslees statement, Walselleas is the only Florida company to have received federal financial assistance since 2009, and has seen “overwhelming demand” for the program.
The WALSFLC also partnered with a company called CarSafe, which specializes in the purchase of private vehicles.
The company has received federal funding in the form of a $500,000 loan from the Department for Community Development, the statement added.
“This program is meant to support women and families in need, and it is our hope that the support of the community will be reciprocated through other funding sources,” the company said in its statement. WALLS