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Texas emergency room forgives more than $3.5M in patient balances

The ER said it will forgive balances for all patients seen before March 31 and for all balances related to COVID-19.

AUSTIN, Texas — Express Emergency Room announced on Friday the decision to immediately forgive more than $3.5 million worth of patient debt following the World Health Organization's declaration of a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Express ER, the relief will go into immediate effect for all patients that were seen before March 31. The ER also said it will forgive patient balances that are related to COVID-19.

“With unemployment skyrocketing, I think it’s the compassionate thing to do for the communities we serve,” said Dr. Dan Akers, general manager of Express ER. “I don’t want to add more stress to people’s lives.”

Express ER has locations in Austin, San Antonio, Abilene, Waco, Temple and Harker Heights.

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