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Financial Assistance

As a nonprofit hospital, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is committed to providing medically necessary health care to all, regardless of financial ability to pay. To ensure that cost is not a barrier to our community we offer the following financial assistance programs.

Financial Assistance
  • Financial Assistance Program - Bozeman Deaconess Hospital offers a financial assistance program based on income and other guidelines. You may download a financial assistance application here.
  • Self-Pay Discount - After insurance has been paid, you'll receive a letter from Bozeman Deaconess offering a 5% discount to be applied if bill is paid in full within 15 days. Contact our financial counselor at (406) 414-1711, ten days after your procedure to receive this benefit. This benefit applies to services received in the following locations: Emergency, Radiology, Inpatient and Outpatient Procedures/Surgeries, Endoscopy and Pain Blocks.
  • Medical Advocacy Services in Healthcare (MASH) - A patient advocate is available to help patients find services and benefits available to them to help them pay their medical bills when they exceed a certain dollar amount.
  • Montana Medicaid - To apply or to get more information please call the Department of Public Health and Human Services at 1-800-332-2272 or visit the website.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Patient Financial Services at (406) 414-1720 or toll-free at (877) 522-1720.

 

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% 100%
151-160% 90%
161-170% 80%
171-180% 70%
181-190% 60%
191-200% 50%
201-250% 40%

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 $11,670
2 $15,730
3 $19,790
4 $23,850
5 $27,910
6 $31,970
7 $36,030
8 $40,090
For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.
*Per Department of Health and Human Services

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