Hocking Valley Community Hospital is committed to providing financial assistance to patients who have healthcare needs and are either uninsured or underinsured. As healthcare costs continue to be a major worry for families, including increased costs to health insurance premiums, high deductible health plans, and rising pharmaceutical costs, HVCH recognizes the need to enhance our Financial Aid Policy to ensure our patients are getting the care they need.
HVCH will now offer financial assistance to all patients making up to 350% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and Hocking County Residents up to 400% of the FPL. This is up from 250% for the previous guidelines. Basically this means that as an individual, you can earn up to $48,560, or a family of four can earn $98,400 a year and possibly qualify for a discount!
This increase does not affect eligibility for the Prompt Pay Discount. For example, if a patient qualifies for 25% financial assistance AND pays the remaining balance due in full within 30 days of their first statement, he or she would receive an additional 15% off the remaining balance, too.
In order to qualify, patients are expected to cooperate with HVCH procedures for obtaining any insurance available or other forms of payment to contribute to the cost of their care, based on the individual's ability to pay. In order to comply with all state, federal, and regulatory guidelines, the hospital must maintain records related to the financial assistance provided and cannot grant assistance without proper documentation provided by the patient. Without proper information, HVCH is forced to deny assistance. We recognize that forms can often be confusing, and patients may have questions regarding their application. We ask that you call our Patient Accounts Department at 740-385-5276 and a representative can walk you through the application process. Patients may also request forms or assistance at any Registration area.
This is an exciting benefit to you as a patient, and allows us to continue our mission of providing the best possible care close to home.