Why do I need power of attorney to discuss medical bills re my husband?

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My husband had a stroke and a heart attack, he cant speak well. I have to speak for him.

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Doctors have become very careful about disclosing any sort of medical information to anybody, yes even wives. As Eyerish said you need a POA and HIPPA release to protect yourself and your husband. Is he competent? If not, you may need to pursue guardianship and conservatorship. Sad, but true
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Because of federal privacy laws. Even between a husband and wife.

As his wife you should have POA anyway.
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