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How Do I Obtain Charity Care?

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Updated January 29, 2009

Question: How Do I Obtain Charity Care?
Answer:

One of the options available to the uninsured is charity care. For some patients, this may be the only way they can obtain the care they need, but finding charity care can be a real challenge.

Most states, like New Jersey, have a government agency in charge of charity care, but patients are often unaware of it. Your best bet for obtaining charity care is to contact your hospital. Hospitals typically have all the information you need to apply for and obtain charity care, including eligibility information and the appropriate forms.

Charity care programs typically require that the applicant be ineligible for any type of health insurance coverage, including Medicaid. Patients may need to provide financial information demonstrating that they are unable to pay.

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