Important: Hotline Hours of Operation – October 4 – 11, 2022

Please note that the HealthWell Foundation’s hotline will operate on the following schedule October 4 – 11, 2022.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022: Delayed opening. Hotline will open at 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 6, 2022: Hotline will be closed and will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Monday, October 10, 2022: Hotline will be closed in observance of the holiday.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022: Delayed opening. Hotline will open at 1:30 p.m.

We encourage you to continue to use our Patient, Pharmacy and Provider Portals during this time.  Please note: if you are contacting us about a payment or grant, please email us at grants@healthwellfoundation.org and a representative will respond to your message as quickly as possible when our offices re-open.  Thank you for your patience and we look forward to continuing to serve you.

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This Holiday Season, Give Emergency Relief to Cancer Patients

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By Jamie Elizabeth Rosen, Editor, Real World Health Care  |  Jan 31, 2014

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Health care has never been more highly politicized than today. Last year, it was central to the third longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, it consumed a large chunk of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Every day, we are inundated by news of health exchange website…more.

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Does More Data = More Accurate Results?

Every year U.S. News & World Report comes out with its “Best Hospitals” rankings, and providers wear them like a badge of honor. No doubt the recognition is prestigious. But how many people know why hospitals are ranked as they are? We decided to dig a little deeper and break…more.

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