Financial Assistance Policy
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is deeply committed to providing financial assistance
to patients needing, but unable to afford, medically necessary health
Any individual at or below the Federal Poverty income level, dependent
on family size, will be eligible to receive a full write-off of the self-pay
portion of incurred charges.
Any uninsured individual with income under 250% of the Federal Poverty
Guidelines (see table below) will be eligible to receive a discount from
charges based on the guidelines below.
In some cases, full or partial assistance may be provided to insured individuals
with gross family incomes above 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
adjusted for family size. The following guidelines will be used to determine
automatic eligibility for financial assistance.
Uninsured Patient Financial Assistance Guidelines
Catastrophic financial assistance is available to individuals who have
a large balance remaining after all third party payments have been taken
into account. If the patient's financial responsibility is greater
than 50% of the family's annual household income, the excess amount
will be treated as catastrophic financial assistance and written off of
the patient's account.
This policy applies only to inpatient, outpatient or emergency room services
and is not applicable to professional fees, unless the professional is
an employee of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Prior to receiving services,
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital will make an effort to notify the patient regarding
their eligibility for financial assistance.
All assistance requires completion of the Financial Assistance application
and, if appropriate, proof of Medicaid denial. All decisions regarding
financial assistance are in the sole discretion of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
A credit supervisor will oversee the financial assistance process.
2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines*
For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.
*Per Department of Health and Human Services