How To Apply For Charity Care

Applying for charity care can feel challenging, but it’s actually pretty easy if you know what to do.  Here are the steps:

1. Check if you are eligible.

Look up your hospital’s financial assistance policy online. You’ll have to compare your income to the hospital’s guidelines.

Learn more about checking your eligibility

2. Fill out your hospital’s application.

Download the application from the hospital website. Print it out or fill it out on your computer with a PDF editor.

Learn more about completing your application

3. Submit your application to the hospital.

Fax, email, mail or personally deliver your completed application. Be sure to include copies of all the documents requested by the hospital.

Learn more about submitting your application

4. Follow up with the hospital.  

Call your hospital after three weeks to make sure they have received your application. If they ask for more documents, make sure to send them within a few days.  Keep calling every week or two until you get an answer.

Learn more about following up with the hospital

5. If needed, appeal your hospital’s decision.

If the hospital denies your application, find out why.  You may be able to reapply or appeal the decision.

Learn more about appealing denials

6. Other Ways To Lower Your Bills

In some cases, you may get billed for care at a hospital that you should not have to pay.  Here are some situations where that happens and what to do.

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You Don’t Have To Do This Alone! 

Dollar For can check if you are eligible,  send you tips on applying, or even submit an application to the hospital on your behalf.

Are you already in the process of applying for financial assistance?  Need help with a tricky situation?  Use our contact form to ask questions or get help with your case.

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