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Financial Services

Financial Assistance Policy

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is deeply committed to providing financial assistance to patients needing, but unable to afford, medically necessary health care services.

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

  • Income Level (of FPL)

    Automatic Discount

  • 150%


  • 151-160%


  • 161-170%


  • 171-180%


  • 181-190%


  • 191-200%


  • 201-250%


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*

  • Persons in family

    Poverty guideline

  • 1


  • 2


  • 3


  • 4


  • 5


  • 6


  • 7


  • 8


For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.
*Per Department of Health and Human Services