LifeBridge Health offers several programs to assist patients who are experiencing difficulty in paying their hospital bills. Our Patient Financial Services Department is available to assist patients who do not carry medical insurance (uninsured) or face significant co-payment, coinsurance and/or deductible charges, which may be challenging to manage due to personal hardship or financial distress. Depending on the specific financial situation, a patient may be eligible to receive Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Financial Assistance or take advantage of extended payment plans.
Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid) – For information, call the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Recipient Relations Hotline at (800) 492-5231 or your local Department of Social Services at (800) 332-6347 or on the web at – www.dhr.state.md.us
LifeBridge Health patient representatives can also assist you with the Maryland Medical Assistance application process.
Financial Assistance – Based on your circumstances and program criteria, you may qualify for full or partial assistance from LifeBridge Health. To qualify for full assistance, you must show proof of income 300% or less of the federal poverty guidelines; income between 300% - 500% of the federal poverty guidelines may qualify you for Financial Hardship Reduced Cost Care, which limits your liability to 25% of your gross annual income. Eligibility is calculated based on the number of people in the household and extends to any immediate family member living in the household. The program covers uninsured patients and liability after all insurance(s) pay. Approvals are granted for twelve months. Patients are encouraged to re-apply for continued eligibility.
Extended Payment Plans – In the event that you do not qualify for Maryland Medicaid or Financial Assistance, you may be eligible for an extended payment plan for your outstanding hospital bill(s).
Patient’s Rights and Obligations – As a patient, you will receive a uniform summary statement within thirty days of discharge. It is your responsibility to provide correct insurance information to the hospital. You have the right to receive an itemized statement and explanation of charges and to receive full information and necessary counseling on the availability of known financial resources for the care as requested. If you believe you have wrongly been referred to a collection agency, you have the right to contact the hospital to request assistance. You are obligated to pay the hospital in a timely manner. You must also take an active part in cooperating during the Medical Assistance and/or Financial Assistance application process. Additionally, you are responsible to contact the hospital if you are unable to pay your outstanding balance(s). LifeBridge Health offers flexible interest-free payment arrangements. Failure to pay or make satisfactory payment arrangements may result in your account being referred to a collection agency.
Physician and Other Charges – Physician and certain non-hospital charges are not included in the hospital bill and are billed separately.
Contact Sinai Hospital Customer Service – Our representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at (410) 601-1094 or (800) 788-6995.
Contact Northwest Hospital Customer Service – Our representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at (410) 521-5959 or (877) 617-1803.