Introduction


Jefferson Community Health & Life is committed to providing an exceptional healthcare experience for every patient, every time. We acknowledge the financial needs of patients and families who are unable to afford the charges associated with the cost of medical care. To manage our resources and responsibilities, and to provide assistance to the greatest number of patients in need, the Jefferson Community Health & Life Board of Directors has established these guidelines for providing Financial Assistance.

Eligibility Requirements


In order to be eligible for free care or care at a reduced rate, the patient and/or family must apply by completing a short questionnaire. Families applying for financial assistance will not be denied based upon race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or marital status. The decision to provide financial assistance will be based on a review of the family’s income, assets, and liabilities. Additional information may be requested and ultimately may affect the final decision.

The necessity for medical treatment of any patient will be based on the clinical judgment of the healthcare provider without regard to the financial status of the patient and/or parent. All patients will be treated for emergency medical conditions without discrimination and regardless of their eligibility for free or discounted care.

Financial assistance is generally determined by a sliding scale of total household income based on federal poverty guidelines. When total household income is less than 150% of the federal poverty guideline, a 100% discount from gross charges applies. When total household income is between 150% and 300% of the federal poverty guideline, a partial discount applies. No person eligible for financial assistance will be charged more for medically necessary care than amounts generally billed to individuals who have insurance covering such care (AGB). Jefferson Community Health & Life determines AGB based on all Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance claims paid in full to Jefferson Community Health & Life over a 12-month period, divided by the associated gross charges for those claims. 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 Obtain Information


There are numerous ways that an individual may obtain information about the financial assistance policy application process, or obtain copies of the financial assistance policy or the application form:

  • Download the information online at www.jchealthandlife.org (under I Want To, then click Pay My Bill and locate link in Financial Assistance section)
  • Request the information by calling the Jefferson Community Health & Life Business Office at 402.729.3351
  • Request the information by mailing: Business Office, Jefferson Community Health & Life, PO Box 277, Fairbury, NE 68352

Translations


Our financial assistance policy, financial assistance policy application form, and plain language summary financial assistance policy will be translated for populations with limited English proficiency in accordance with Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code.