My health insurance was cancelled without valid reasons and Elisabeth began by assisting me with that injustice. However, I suffered a serious injury that led to my hospitalization, surgery on both feet and amputation of one of my great toes. The invoices from the hospital and doctors, both during and after hospitalization, combined came close to $50,000. Elisabeth handled negotiations quickly, professionally and forcefully resulting in a 50% discount across the board that I had failed to obtain. I was forced to put those charges on a credit card. Fortunately, as my financial situation reached the breaking point, my Social Security disability claim was suddenly and retroactively approved. Elizabeth’s help and expert knowledge with getting my Medicare benefits coverage into effect was indispensable. She also helped me to have the effective date of my Medicare Part B benefits moved back to cover my outpatient charges. I would never have known that was even an option without Elisabeth’s knowledge and experience. She has saved me tens of thousands of dollars and most importantly, she provided wonderful personal support and empathy as I struggled to not only heal from my injuries and surgeries but to also deal with my providers. Her support greatly enhanced my self esteem and confidence. I recommend, no, I strongly encourage you to contact her at the earliest possible opportunity if you or a loved one faces challenging medical treatment or billing issues.
My only regret in working with Elisabeth Russell and Karen Zorrilla with Patient Navigators is that I did not find them sooner. It was an answer to prayer to find such knowledgeable, compassionate, articulate, hard working individuals who far surpassed any hope or expectation in every phase of working with them. My daughter ‘s long complicated health history was summarized, analyzed & researched. Dr. Zorrila’s knowledge, wisdom,tireless efforts and expertise provided us with a foundation to make informed choices that we could not have made on our own and I believe resulted in better health care for our daughter. I especially appreciated her help in communicating with other physicians who were impressed with her knowledge and attention to detail. At the same time Dr. Zorrilla’s “mother’s heart” comforted the heart of this mother throughout a very difficult health journey for my daughter. I am sincerely, forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Zorrilla Patient Navigators!