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This list of frequently asked questions can help you understand your hospital bill. It is important that you familiarize yourself with your health plan and what it covers. If you have specific questions about your hospital coverage, please contact your health insurance plan.

Do you have a Plain Language Summary of your Charity Care and Financial Assistance policies?

Plain Language Summary Financial Assistance Policy

Overview

Ashtabula County Medical Center is committed to offering financial assistance to people who have health care needs and are not able to pay for care. You may be able to get financial assistance if you are not insured, underinsured, not eligible for a government program, do not qualify for governmental assistance (for example Medicare or Medicaid), or who are approved for Medicaid but the specific medically necessary service is considered non-covered by Medical Assistance. Ashtabula County Medical Center strives to make sure that the financial capacity of people who need health care services does not prevent them from seeking or receiving care. This is a summary of the Ashtabula County Medical Center’s Financial Assistance Policy.

 

Availability of Financial Assistance

You may be able to get financial assistance if you do not have insurance, are underinsured, or if you are unable to pay the out of pocket expenses for services at Ashtabula County Medical Center. Please note that there are certain service exclusions that are not typically eligible for financial assistance, including, but not limited to transplants, cosmetic services and other services.  The Ashtabula County Medical Center Charity Care program and Hospital Care Assurance Program excludes Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or CRNA that might have participated in your care.  These are often known as professional fees which are billed independently of the hospital’s services.  Examples include, Anesthesiology, Emergency Department, Hospitalists, Surgeons, Radiologists and Pathologists.   If you meet our criteria for a free care, we will share that finding with these providers, but they are under no obligation to also provide free care.  The Basis for how Ashtabula County Medical Center calculated the amount charges to patients can be found in Appendix A.

Eligibility Requirements

Financial assistance is generally determined by total household income based on Federal Poverty Guidelines. When total household income is less than 200% of FPL, a 100% discount from gross charges will be applied. With regard to balances after insurance payment (underinsured), when the total household income is less than 200% of FPL, a 100% discount from gross charges will be applied.

 

 

Federal Poverty Guidelines Chart *Effective as of January 2018

Family Size

100% FPL

200% FPL

1

$12,140

$24,280

2

$16,460

$32,920

3

$20,780

$41,560

4

$25,100

$50,200

5

$29,420

$58,840

6

$33,740

$67,480

7

$38,060

$76,150

8

$42,380

$84,760

More than 8

Add $4,320 (Per Person)

 

 

Eligibility Requirements - Continued

No person eligible for financial assistance under the FAP will be charged more for medically necessary care than amounts generally billed to individuals who have insurance covering. If an individual has sufficient insurance coverage or assets available to pay for care, he/she may be deemed ineligible for financial assistance. Please refer to the full policy for a complete explanation and details.

 

Where to Find Information

There are many ways to find information about the FAP application process, or get copies of the FAP or FAP application form. To apply for financial assistance you may:

  • Download the information by clicking here.
  • Request the information in writing by mail or by visiting the Ashtabula County Medical Patient Financial Services office at 430 West 25th Street Ashtabula Ohio 44004
  • Request the information by calling (440) 997-2262 and asking to speak with a Financial Counselor.

Availability of Translations

The Financial Assistance policy, application form, and the plain language summary are offered in English and Spanish. Ashtabula County Medical Center may elect to furnish translation aids, translation guides, or provide assistance through use of qualified bilingual interpreter by request. For information about Ashtabula County Medical Center’s Financial Assistance Program and translation services, please call a representative at (440-997-6219).

How to Apply

The application process involves filling out the financial assistance form and submitting the form along with the supporting documents to Ashtabula County Medical Center for processing. You may also apply in person by visiting the Business Office at the address listed below. Financial assistance applications are to be submitted to the following office:

Ashtabula County Medical Center

Attn: Patient Financial Services
2420 Lake Ave

Ashtabula, Oh 44004

Uninsured patients have a right to receive an estimate of charges prior to non-emergent services. Please consult with a Financial Counselor at (440) 997–6219 to help you with this request.

If I do not have insurance or I owe money for services I received previously, will you still treat me?

Yes. We are a not-for-profit community hospital committed to treating everyone who comes through our doors, regardless of their ability to pay.

When both spouses carry insurance through their respective employers, which insurance is primary?

The insurance carried by the patient is always primary. The spouse's insurance is always secondary.

When both parents carry insurance on a child, which insurance is primary?

According to Ohio state law, the parent whose birth month comes first in the year carries the primary insurance. The other parent's insurance is secondary.

Am I responsible for following up with my insurance company if they are slow to pay?

Yes. You are responsible for your medical bills. As a courtesy to you, we bill your insurance. However, if we run into a situation where your insurance company is not paying in a timely manner, we do expect you to intervene and assist with getting them to pay your bill.

Why haven't I received a copy of the bill yet?

We send the bill to your insurance company. We do not send copies of bills to patients unless they specifically ask for a copy. However, we do send notifications to you regarding the status of your claim with your insurance company if you owe a balance.

Why am I getting several bills from several places?

Anytime you use the following services at our hospital, you may receive a bill from a billing service other than ACMC: emergency department, radiology, laboratory, physician/surgeon, anesthesiology.

What is my Medicare deductible?

Please refer to your Medicare handbook for information regarding co-payments and deductibles. If you have secondary insurance, please share the information with our registration or billing staff. As a courtesy to you, we will bill your secondary insurance for any deductibles or co-payments.

Where do I pay my bill?

You may Pay Online or drop off payment at:

  • ACMC Patient Financial Services Office
    • 430 W. 25th St. | 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

You may mail your payment to:
Ashtabula County Medical Center
2420 Lake Ave.
Ashtabula, OH 44004

What if I have questions about my bill?

We invite you to visit our business office anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or call us at 440.997.6670.

Standard Hospital Charges

The State of Ohio requires that hospitals provide a list of charges on their websites. These charges are the same for all patients who receive the listed services; what you pay will depend on your insurance coverage. View our standard hospital charges.