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Ascension Health Patient Assistance

Ascension Health Patient Assistance
Mark Cappel
UpdatedApr 5, 2024
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Key Takeaways:
  • Learn if you qualify for charitable or government assistance.
  • Ascension may offer a discount if your income is low.
  • How to learn more about medical debt settlement and bankruptcy.

Options to Solve Your Ascension Health Bills

You have several options to consider if you cannot afford your Ascension Health medical bill.

Call or visit the billing department at your Ascension hospital or Ascension surgery center. Ascension's financial counselors will help you find possible sources of patient financial assistance, including:

  • Government medical assistance, including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Private financial assistance, such as local charities
  • Ascension Health charity care if your income is low
  • Ascension Health patient financial assistance, which offers discounts if your income is low

See the article How to Handle Medical Bills Debt to learn if you qualify for Medicaid and how to find sources of private charity.

Ascension Health Charity Care

Each Ascension Health facility offers its own charity and financial assistance programs. Ascension Health charity care is for people who have no insurance, need emergency non-elective care, and have limited financial resources or income.

Ascension Health At A Glance

Ascension Health is a Edmundson, MO operator of approximately 500 medical service locations in 20 states, including 93 hospitals. It was founded in 1999 when several Catholic hospital groups combined.

You need to to complete a form and provide income and resource verification information to qualify for Ascension Health's charity program.

Ascension Health Patient Assistance Program

You qualify for the Ascension Health patient assistance if you have no insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid, charity care, or other assistance. You will receive a bill containing a discount of the total charges. The patient assistance program does not include not-staff doctors and other professionals who are not Ascension Health employees.

Help For HCA Medical Debt

Talk to a debt settlement partner to learn your options to resolving your medical debt.

Ascension Health will negotiate with patients experiencing financial difficulties and will attempt to create an affordable payment plan.

Bills Action Plan

Ask your Ascension Health medical provider's billing office to help you understand your options to resolve your Ascension bill. Your options include qualifying for:

  • Government assistance
  • Assistance from local charities
  • Ascension charity assistance
  • Ascension patient assistance

Which of these you qualify for depends on your financial circumstances.

Debt statistics

If you are struggling with debt, you are not alone. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Quarter Q4 2023 was $17.503 trillion. Student loan debt was $1.601 trillion and credit card debt was $1.129 trillion.

According to data gathered by from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 10% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.

The amount of debt and debt in collections vary by state. For example, in Vermont, 16% have any kind of debt in collections and the median debt in collections is $1501. Medical debt is common and 5% have that in collections. The median medical debt in collections is $482.

While many households can comfortably pay off their debt, it is clear that many people are struggling with debt. Make sure that you analyze your situation and find the best debt payoff solutions to match your situation.



ppatricia park, Jan, 2021

got a bill for 1700. you got paid 60.000 for hospital I am 72 live on social security would like to have this bill waived thank you

JJosh, Aug, 2021

Hello Patricia.

Thank you for reaching out. Call or visit the billing department at your Ascension hospital or Ascension surgery center. Ascension's financial counselors will help you find possible sources of patient financial assistance.

Regards, Josh

ccharles wojciechowski, Dec, 2020

need copy of my letter of expemtion. its good to may of next year and i got bill from lab

ddouglas reinke, Nov, 2020

I have not received any paper bills yet received broken phone calls for payments. thank you.

DDaniel Cohen, Nov, 2020

Douglas, you didn't reach Ascension. You use this link to find the correct office to call.