The Connecticut Community Foundation has provided funds to the The Waterbury Health Access Program (WHAP), which is a free grant-funded hospital bill assistance program sponsored by Waterbury Hospital, to help provide discounted and free medical services to the Greater Waterbury areas population of uninsured patients and families.
The grant money that was provided to Waterbury Hospital will be used to support what is known as Waterbury Project Access, which is an extension of the WHAP assistance program, and it features a partnership between several local hospitals and medical centers, including StayWell Health Center, Waterbury and Saint Mary's Hospitals, the Waterbury Health Dept, Alliance and Franklin Medical Groups, the Waterbury Medical Association, and other local community action agencies, charities, and action groups. Several hundred physicians are providing their time to help, and they have treated hundreds of patients, and have provided millions of dollars in medical assistance. In addition to this, almost $1.5 million in medications, prescription drugs, and other medical and health care supplies have been donated to provide discounted and free health care for patients in the program.
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
The hospital has created an assistance program to aid uninsured and underinsured patients. They have placed financial counselors in its billing office to direct people to various programs and resources.
The financial counselors can help people apply for various state and government insurance programs and plans. In addition, they can oftentimes find resources for people who thought they wouldn’t be able to qualify for any programs. Many patients may be intimated by the process, and the complexity of the application process and not knowing where to apply for help will often stop people from even trying. However the financial counselors provided by Lawrence & Memorial Hospital can walk people through the process and refer them to programs.
Even if the patient is not able to qualify for one of the Connecticut or federal government programs - such as HUSKY, SAGA or Medicaid - and if they do not have money or their own resources to pay for the surgery, L&M can refer people to its charity care fund. If a patient's total household income is too high to qualify for the charity care fund, the hospital can then decide to put the patient on a payment plan, which will help lower their payments. Another option. If the patient is able to write a check and pay off a medical bill promptly and all at once, the hospital will discount the hospital bill 25 percent.
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