Financial Assistance for Uninsured Patients
It is the policy that this surgery center provide Financial Assistance, consistent with the following conditions, in the form of free care to eligible low-income Uninsured Patients.
Definitions & Eligibility
Financial Assistance is available to eligible patients who receive Covered Services and who follow applicable procedures, completing the application and providing required information.
Financial Assistance: The term Financial Assistance refers to Full Charity Care and Special Circumstance Charity Care.
Full Charity Care: Full Charity Care is a complete write-off of the surgery center’s undiscounted charges for Covered Services. Full Charity Care is available to patients:
- Whose Family Incomes are at or below 200% of the most recent “Federal Poverty Income Guidelines” (Attachment A) (the 200% threshold represents the minimum required to be offered to low-income uninsured patients; surgery center affiliates may adopt a higher income threshold); and
- Who have no source of payment for any portion of their medical expenses, including without limitation, commercial or other insurance, government sponsored healthcare benefit programs or third party liability.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of some situations that may qualify for Special Circumstances Charity Care:
- Bankruptcy: Patients who are in bankruptcy or recently completed bankruptcy.
- Homeless Patients: Patients without a payment source if they do not have a job, mailing address, residence, or insurance.
- Deceased: Deceased patients without insurance, an estate or third party coverage.
- Medicare: Income-eligible Medicare patients may apply for Financial Assistance for denied stays, non-covered services and Medicare cost shares.
- MediCal: Income-eligible MediCal patients may apply for Financial Assistance for denied stays and non-covered services; however, patients may not receive Financial Assistance for the MediCal share of cost. Persons eligible for programs such as MediCal but whose eligibility status is not established for the period during which the medical services were rendered may apply for Financial Assistance.
Uninsured Patient: An Uninsured Patient is a patient who has no source of payment for any portion of their medical expenses, including without limitation, commercial or other insurance, government sponsored healthcare benefit programs or third party liability, or whose benefits under insurance have been exhausted prior to the admission.
Family Income: Family Income is annual family earnings from the prior 12 months or prior tax year as shown by recent pay stubs or income tax returns, less payments made for alimony and child support. Proof of earnings may be determined by annualizing year-to-date family income, giving consideration for current earning rates. For patients over 18 years of age, the patient’s family includes their spouse, domestic partner, and dependent children under 21 years of age, whether living at home or not. For patients under 18 years of age, the patient’s family includes their parents, caretaker relatives, and other children under 21 years of age of the parents or caretaker relatives.
Applying for Financial Assistance
In order to qualify as an Uninsured Patient, the patient or the patient’s guarantor must verify that he or she is not aware of any right to insurance or government program benefits that would cover or discount the bill.
The standardized application form below, "Statement of Financial Condition" will be used to document each patient’s overall financial situation. Failure to complete and return the application within 90 days of original delivery may result in the Uninsured Patient being denied Financial Assistance. Please attach copies of the following documentation:
- Copy of last pay check stub
- Copy of W-2 from last year’s income tax
- Copies of documentation of Social Security benefits
- Copies of documentation from local welfare agencies representing your financial situation
- Copies of documentation related to health care insurance applied for or denied such as Medicare, MediCal or employer insurance program