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- 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 Bills.com 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 Bills.com 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.
Did you know?
If you are struggling with debt, you are not alone. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Quarter Q2 2022 was $16.15 trillion. Student loan debt was $1.59 trillion and credit card debt was $0.89 trillion.
A significant percentage of people in the US are struggling with monthly payments and about 26% of households in the United States have debt in collections. According to data gathered by Urban.org from a sample of credit reports, the median debt in collections is $1,739. Credit card debt is prevalent and 3% have delinquent or derogatory card debt. The median debt in collections is $422.
Collection and delinquency rates vary by state. For example, in Virginia, 16% have student loan debt. Of those holding student loan debt, 7% are in default. Auto/retail loan delinquency rate is 4%.
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.