Health Care Issues

Charity Care/Financial Assistance

Illinois Hospital Financial Assistance Process

Illinois hospitals not only provide health care to their communities but also have a long history of commitment to assisting patients having difficulty meeting their financial obligations for that health care. With that mission in mind, IHA has been a leader in encouraging the provision of financial assistance to those in need by:

  • Adopting the IHA-MCHC Voluntary Guidelines on Charity Care and Collection Practices for the Uninsured in 2003;
  • Supporting passage of the Fair Patient Billing Act in 2006;
  • Supporting passage of the Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act in 2008;
  • Passing a Resolution in 2012 to develop and implement improvements in the financial assistance process; and
  • Supporting passage of Public Act 97-690 which requires free care to eligible uninsured patients at certain poverty levels and the development of rules on financial assistance applications and presumptive eligibility methods in 2012.

IHA submitted recommendations to the Illinois Attorney General in December 2012 concerning standard provisions to be used in financial assistance application forms and appropriate methodologies for determination of presumptive eligibility in accordance with Public Act 97-690. IHA has developed the following resources to assist hospitals in their ongoing pursuit of a streamlined and patient friendly financial assistance process.

Fair Patient Billing Act

Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act

Federal Law - Financial Assistance
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a new Section 501(r) for hospitals to maintain Section 501(c)(3) status, that includes requirements pertaining to financial assistance policies, limitation on charges and billing and collections.

Other Resources for Financial Assistance

IHA Contact

Sandy Kraiss