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FEMA can help with medical bills

FEMA may be able to provide reimbursement for medical expenses for Oregon’s eligible 2020 wildfire survivors. Medical expenses must be disaster-related.

Wildfire survivors in the Santiam Canyon who have had breathing problems since the 2020 Labor Day wildfires are eligible to have expenses related to medical treatment for their conditions reimbursed by the federal government, according to FEMA.

FEMA requires medical bills and receipts, information about health insurance or an affidavit stating they have no insurance, a physician statement concerning the medical issue, a treatment plan and a statement that the condition was wildfire-related.

Survivors have until March 31 to make a claim for medical expenses. 

For more information, survivors should reach out to their case manager or local Long-Term Recovery Group. 

Call 833-669-0554 to get connected to a disaster case manager.

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