New Hampshire assistance with hospital bills.
Additional federal government funds will be sent to New Hampshire so the state can increase assistance provided by its community health centers, including Lamprey Health Care and others.
The money being provided includes over $650,000 for Bi-State Primary Care Association in Concord, which currently is New Hampshire’ largest network of community health centers (CHCs). The money will help defray the costs of increasing marketing, recruitment, and also outreach costs to ensure state residents have access to free health care and assistance from local hospitals.
An additional $600,000 will be provided to Bi-State to provide necessary behavioral health, medical and dental services to both the underinsured and uninsured.
Right now, during these difficult economic times, hospitals that offer free medical assistance and also local community health centers are a critical resource for many New Hampshire families who can’t afford to pay for health care. Many families are struggling with their medical bills maybe as the result of a job loss or other reasons. The federal government funds will help these community health centers across the state offer high-quality preventative, lower cost, and free routine health care.
The free hospitals and New Hampshire Community Health Centers help over 100,000 patients in New Hampshire communities statewide, regardless of a patient's insurance coverage and ability to pay. They deliver high-quality, free or cost-effective dental, medical, and behavioral health care to people in need, including the uninsured and under-served.
Some of the other community health centers that will benefit from these funds are below. Many of them will also offer free health care and they include the Avis Goodwin Community Health Center; Families First Health and Support Center, Community Action Program; and the Health Care for the Homeless Program. But there are others. To apply for financial help contact your hospitals billing department and ask for any type of aid and/or charity care.
New Hampshire Health Access Network
This is another assistance program that was created directly from local hospitals and medical centers. It was originally started as a voluntary effort by the various providers providers to provide medical care and to improve access to affordable health care for low-income children and adults statewide. It is not insurance and is not direct cash assistance but it is rather a discount that is provided directly to qualified applicants. A number of hospitals are part of the NH Health Access Network. Ask your provider if they are a member. If they are, it can help patients from those families that do not have have enough money to pay for their hospitals bill or doctor visits. It will also assist people who do not have health insurance. Ask the financial assistance department at your hospital for an application.
Phone numbers for financial assistance departments
Most hospitals do provide qualified low income patients, or those without health insurance, a number of assistance programs. Some will offer discounts and others may offer direct cash assistance. Other New Hampshire centers will provide the poor with so called charity care. Call your hospital below to see what resources they may have available.
- Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, main phone(603) 448-3121
- Androscoggin Valley Hospital, dial (603) 326-5653 for information
- Catholic Medical Center, (603) 663-6922
- The Cheshire Medical Center, (603) 354-5454, ext. 4444
- Concord Hospital, call (603) 228-7145
- Cottage Hospital, (603) 747-9220
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, (603) 650-6222
- Elliot Hospital, (603) 663-2571
- Exeter Hospital, (603) 580-6627
- Franklin Regional Hospital, (603) 527-7171
- Frisbie Memorial Hospital, (603) 335-8109
- Huggins Hospital, (603) 569-7555
- Lakes Region General Hospital, telephone number (603) 527-7171
- Littleton Regional Hospital, call (603) 444-9500
- The Memorial Hospital, (603) 356-5461, ext. 705
- Monadnock Community Hospital, (603) 924-4699, ext. 4281
- New London Hospital, dial (603) 526-5292 for intake
- Parkland Medical Center (603) 421-2079
- Portsmouth Regional Hospital, 1-(800) 849-0829
- Southern NH Medical Center, (603) 577-2205
- St. Joseph Hospital, 1-(800) 927-8172
- Speare Memorial Hospital, (603) 238-6471
- Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, (603) 237-4145
- Valley Regional Hospital, (603) 543-5693
- Weeks Medical Center, main phone (603) 788-5354
- Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, telephone number is (603) 740-3234