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Charity Care Policy
HOSPITAL CHARITY CARE POLICY SUMMARY for Catholic Health Services
Consistent with Catholic Health Services of Long Island’s (CHS) mission of providing care to needy and underserved persons in a manner that preserves the dignity of the individual, CHS Hospitals provide charity care to hospital patients who are unable to pay for all or a portion of their bill. CHS Hospital’s provision of charity care is not limited to the hospitals’ primary service area. Hospital emergency services are always provided without regard to the patient’s ability to pay. For non-emergent care, no individual will be denied medically necessary hospital services based on a demonstrated inability to pay for those services. Patients who fully cooperate and complete an application for charity care on a timely basis will receive a prompt formal assessment and a written response.
All essential healthcare services, inpatient and outpatient, shall be available to all individuals under CHS’ Hospital Charity Care Policy. Procedures inconsistent with the Ethical and religious Directives as interpreted and applied by the Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre are specifically excluded from the CHS Hospital Charity Care Policy. Non-essential services and services that are not appropriate to a hospital setting may also be excluded from this policy.
Patients without sufficient non-exempt assets qualify for 100% charity care if their family income is at or below 300% of the Federal poverty guidelines.
Patients are responsible for 20% to 80% of their bill if their family income is between 300% and 400% of the Federal poverty guidelines. Please click on one of the CHS Hospitals listed below for the current charity care income guidelines and sliding scale eligibility percentages. Documentation and verification of income and assets will be requested during the application process.
CHS recognizes that the need for charity care may be a sensitive and deeply personal issue for recipients. Confidentiality of information and preservation of individual dignity shall be maintained for all who seek charitable services.
If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, you may obtain an application in any one of CHS Hospitals’ admitting departments, outpatient registration areas and emergency departments; or you may call the following numbers for assistance: