Getting Free Or Reduced-Cost Healthcare From The Hill-Burton Act Program

Created around sixty years ago, the Hill-Burton Act was administered by the federal government to require many healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics who have been given federal grants to provide patients with low-cost or free health care services. Along with hospitals, the act includes other types of locations which were granted funds for facility modernization, construction, and reconstruction.

What this essentially means is that any type of medical provider which has received any sort of federal aid is now required to help patients of theirs who have low income or are underinsured by their insurance company to receive adequate care. This program was set into place to assist people who live around the area of such facilities to get affordable health care services who cannot afford it on their own.

There are some criteria to meet in order to become eligible for financial aid, however. Individuals cannot be covered by any kind of existing health insurance. This can include both private, third-party insurers and government assistant programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. If you are wanting help and your household income falls below the poverty income level, you will be able to receive free medical help. If you have a household income that is greater or more than double the current poverty level for income, your health care costs can be provided by the facility at either a reduced or free charge. This will be determined by the facility you are going to use for your medical services.

You do not have to be a United States citizen in order to apply for the help. The only requirement is that you be living in the U.S. for a minimum of three months to apply. It should be kept in mind that each facility will only have a certain amount of funds dedicated to this program each year. Once a facility hits that amount, they will begin to stop offering these services and some people will be turned away, unfortunately. This program is managed through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. There are over 200 health care hospitals and facilities across the country who provide services to patients under this program.

Application ProcessĀ 

The Hill-Burton Act program needs to be applied for before you can receive free or reduced-cost health care services. You will be able to apply at the admissions office, business development office or the billing department of each facility. Once you apply, the application will be reviewed to determine your eligibility. There is a little bit of flexibility for when you apply. You may do so before or after you have received medical care. It should be noted that each facility may have their own additional set of terms and conditions for getting approved for the program. Each will require that applicants provide documents which verify eligibility for the help such as proof of residency and income.

What Kinds Of Bills Are Covered?

Not all medical bills that you receive will qualify for the program. You will only be able to get assistance from medical bills received at the Hill-Burton facility locations and not through any private doctors. Every location has a certain amount of reduced and free health care funds available to offer their patients each year and can stop offering help once those funds run out. This limits the number of people each facility may help and the amount they can reimburse patients for the cost of their health care services.

When you decide to apply at one of the Hill-Burton facilities for medical care, that hospital or facility is required to provide to you written documents or statements showing what kind of reduced-cost or free services you may be entitled to. The hospital or facility must also notify families in writing who do not get approved for the program and explain the reasons why they were denied. There are over two-hundred of the Hill-Burton hospitals and facilities across the United States which participate in this program. Tens of thousands of people receive care through this program each year who would have otherwise been denied medical treatment. A quick search online can help you find a participating hospital or facility near you.