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My mother recently passed away and I as her son made all the

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My mother recently passed away and I as her son made all the calls to the credit card companies & to her medical insurance company as well. Today I received a letter from AARP which says Authorization for release of information. I check a box stating no spouse survives: and answered that I was her Son Below I read a statement that " I certify that given information above is true and correct. The next statement is where my question is it states The claimant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless United healthcare insurance company or United healthcare insurance company of New York from any claims, demand, action, causes of actions whatsoever brought or made in connection with any and all payments made by United healthcare in reliance on this document.". By signing these letters can I be held accountable for any medical bills she has?

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Before we begin, a bit more detail would be helpful please.

Why are you required to authorize the release of information?

What are you seeking to accomplish in this regard?

Thank you.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I called AARP they said that since there is no spouse and I am her son I can speak for her


since there is no estate/will or executor I just want to make sure that I cannot be held accountable for any medical bills she has during her most recent hospital stay before she passed.

Thank you for the additional information.

My condolences for your loss. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you, but I believe I have information which you will find helpful.

Yes, you could be held liable under under that indemnification. Since there is no estate and you, as her son, have no liability for her debts, medical or otherwise, there is absolutely no reason formyou to sign anything which provides for indemnification for any reason.

The insurance company is liable for payment of all covered debt regardless of your involvement. You are not even required to forward her bills. Therefore, I can not think of any possible reason for you to sign this document.

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