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Good afternoon,Condolences on your loss first of all, and apologies on our automated assistant - it doesn't always quite work the way we want.While most debts that you spouse incurred only in his name would be left to the estate, Massachusetts specifically recognizes what is known as the "doctrine of necessaries" that holds a spouse is liable for the medical bills/healthcare expenses of a spouse. So unfortunately, you can be held responsible.That said, I've never seen a case where a hospital has actually sued a spouse for the debts of their deceased spouse, and this cannot go on your credit unless you a) either co-signed as a payer or b) they were to sue you and get a judgment.
You may wish to speak with someone in the hospital's billing department to see if they have a medical advocate or someone who can help persons on a fixed/low income reduce the debt or manage payment. Also, you don't say what your source of income is, but certain incomes like social security and pensions, cannot be garnished for something like medical debt. Therefore, even getting a judgment would be worthless because it couldn't be collected.