If someone gets sick and does not have any insurance, they will have to pay for their medical treatment out of pocket or from their own funds. Some programs exist to help people who cannot afford health insurance pay for medical bills.
Approximately 42 million people in the US were living without health insurance in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau. The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, helps to provide health insurance to more people. Through the program, people can obtain health insurance at a cost based on their income. Hospitals and nonprofit organizations also host programs for people with serious illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, to help pay for medical bills.