; Your AARP Ask the Experts
QMy husband had emergency surgery recently. We don’t
have health insurance. The
hospital staff told us we didn’t
qualify for any financial help because we made too much money,
but never asked what our income
was. They want the bill paid now.
What can we do?
A Go online to www.treasury direct.gov, and under the
“Individuals: What You Can Do”
column, use the Treasury Hunt tool
to plug in the bondholder’s Social
Security number. Only bonds issued
from 1974 to the present will show
up. For earlier bonds, write to Bureau
of the Public Debt, P.O. Box 7012,
Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012. Include
as many details as possible, including
names, addresses and approximate
issue dates. If the bond records are
found, the bureau will let you know
how to redeem them. —Carole Fleck
Q I think my grandparents, who have passed on, left me
savings bonds. How can I locate
Experts: Sid Kirchheimer on hospital bills, Stephen
Meyerhardt, Bureau of the Public Debt, on bonds.
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