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Dignity Health Payment Assistance

Dignity Health Payment Assistance
Mark Cappel
UpdatedApr 5, 2024
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Key Takeaways:
  • Catholic Healthcare West changed its name to Dignity Health.
  • Learn if you qualify for charitable or government assistance.
  • CHW/Dignity Health may offer a discount if your income is low.

Options to Solve Your Dignity Health Medical Bills

Evaluate your options if you cannot afford your bill at a Catholic Healthcare West/Dignity Health-affiliated hospital, clinic or surgery center.

Call or visit a financial counselor at the CHW/Dignity Health billing department. He or she will help you find sources of patient financial assistance, including:

  • Government medical assistance, such as Medicare and Medicaid
  • Private financial assistance, such as local charities
  • If your income is low, you may qualify for Dignity Health charity care for emergency care, or
  • Dignity Health patient financial assistance, which is a discount plan

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

Catholic Healthcare West/Dignity Health Charity Care

Each CHW facility offers its own charity and financial assistance programs. Catholic Healthcare West charity care is for people who have no insurance, need emergency non-elective care, and have limited financial resources or income that is at or below poverty guidelines.

Catholic Healthcare West At A Glance

Catholic Healthcare Westowns 39 hospitals and 250 clinics in 17 states. Until 2012, it was known as Catholic Healthcare West, at which time it changed its name to Dignity Health.

Complete a form provided by your local Dignity Health care provider and include income and resource verification information to qualify for Catholic Healthcare West's charity or patient assistance programs.

Catholic Healthcare West/Dignity Health Payment Assistance

You may qualify for the Dignity Health financial assistance if you have no insurance, less than $250,000 in household income, and do not qualify for Medicaid, charity care, or other assistance. CHW Payment Assistance is only available for your hospital bill and does not cover any bills from non-employee care givers. For more information and to obtain an application for payment assistance, contact the admitting or patient registration office.

Help For CHW Medical Debt

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

Catholic Healthcare West/Dignity Health negotiate with patients experiencing financial difficulties and will try to create an affordable payment plan.

Bills Action Plan

Ask your Dignity Health medical provider's admitting or patient registration office to understand your options to resolve your CHW bill. Your options include qualifying for:

  • Government assistance
  • Assistance from local organizations
  • Charity care assistance
  • Payment assistance

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

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