- Applying for Financial Assistance
- What to Include in Your Application
- How to Submit Your Application
- How to Follow Up on Your Application
- Other Ways to Get Financial Assistance
- What to Do If You’re Denied Financial Assistance
- How to Appeal a Denial of Financial Assistance
- Alternatives to Westchester Medical Center
- When to Seek Financial Assistance
- FAQs About Financial Assistance
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Applying for Financial Assistance
Financial assistance is available to those who need help paying their medical bills To apply for financial assistance, you will need to fill out an application and submit it to Westchester Medical Center You can find the application online at www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/financial-assistance or you can pick up a paper copy at the hospital.
The application must be complete and all required documentation must be submitted in order for your application to be processed. Please allow up to four weeks for your application to be reviewed. You will be notified by mail of the decision on your application.
What to Include in Your Application
When applying for financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center, you will need to provide some basic information about yourself and your family. You will also need to show proof of income and assets. Here is a list of what you will need to include in your application:
-Your name, address and contact information
-Your date of birth
-Your Social Security Number
-Your driver’s license number or state ID number
-The names, dates of birth and Social Security Numbers for all members of your household
-Proof of income for all members of your household, including pay stubs, tax returns or welfare benefits statements
-Proof of assets, such as bank account statements or property ownership records
How to Submit Your Application
Applying for financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center is easy. Simply gather the required documentation and submit it to our office. We will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible.
In order to apply for financial assistance, you will need to provide:
-A copy of your most recent federal tax return
-A copy of your most recent state tax return (if applicable)
– proof of income from all sources for all members of your household
-Your latest bank statement
-Any documents you have regarding medical expenses not covered by insurance
-A list of any assets you own, including but not limited to: real estate, vehicles, savings accounts, stocks, bonds, etc.
How to Follow Up on Your Application
It is important to follow up on your application for financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center. You should call the financial assistance office to check on the status of your application and to ask any questions that you may have. You may also want to visit the office in person to speak with someone about your application.
Other Ways to Get Financial Assistance
There are other ways to get financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center. You may be eligible for free or reduced-cost care through our sliding scale fee program. To see if you qualify, please bring the following information to our financial counseling office:
-Your most recent federal tax return
-Your most recent pay stubs
-Your most recent bank statements
-Any other documentation of your income and assets
What to Do If You’re Denied Financial Assistance
If you have been denied financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center, there are a few things you can do. First, you can appeal the decision by requesting a fair hearing within 60 days of the date of the denial letter. You will need to fill out an appeal form, which is available on the hospital’s website, and submit it along with any supporting documentation.
If you do not wish to appeal or your appeal is unsuccessful, you can try to negotiate a payment plan with the hospital. You will need to contact the hospital’s billing office and explain your situation. They may be able to work out a payment plan that is agreeable to both parties.
Finally, if you are unable to obtain financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center and are unable to pay your bill, you can contact your local representatives and ask them to intercede on your behalf.
How to Appeal a Denial of Financial Assistance
If you have been denied financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center, you may appeal the decision by completing and submitting a Financial Assistance Appeal Form. The form must be received by the financial assistance office within 60 days of the date of the denial notice.
You will need to provide additional documentation to support your appeal, including:
-A copy of your most recent tax return
-Proof of income for all household members
-Copies of all bills related to your medical treatment
-Detailed information about any other health insurance coverage you have
-Any other documentation that you feel would be helpful in making a determination about your eligibility for financial assistance
Once your appeal is received, it will be reviewed by the financial assistance office and you will be notified of the decision in writing. If you have any questions about the appeals process, please contact the financial assistance office at (914) 493-7070.
Alternatives to Westchester Medical Center
If you are not able to get the financial assistance you need from Westchester Medical Center, there are other options available to you. There are many community resources that can help you with your medical bills and we have compiled a list of some of them below.
-Community Action Partnership of Westchester: CAPW provides temporary financial assistance for families and individuals who are struggling to pay their bills. They can be reached at (914) 995-2000.
-Westchester County Department of Social Services: The DSS can provide you with information about public assistance programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps. They can be reached at (914) 995-2000.
-Con Edison: Con Edison offers a medical hardship program for customers who are unable to pay their electric bill due to a medical condition. They can be reached at (800) 615-5000.
-National Grid: National Grid offers a hardship program for customers who are struggling to pay their gas bill due to a medical condition or other extenuating circumstances. They can be reached at (718) 624-6400.
-The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army provides financial assistance for families and individuals in need. They can be reached at (718) 722-6260.
When to Seek Financial Assistance
If you find yourself in a position where you are unable to pay your medical bills, you may be able to get financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center. There are a few things to keep in mind when considering this option.
First, you should contact the hospital as soon as possible to discuss your options. Waiting until after you have received care can make it more difficult to get assistance.
Second, you will need to provide some information about your finances, including your income and assets. This information will be used to determine if you qualify for assistance.
Third, if you do qualify for financial assistance, you may be required to make payments over time or sign up for a payment plan. You should discuss your options with a representative from the hospital to see what would work best for your situation.
If you have any questions about getting financial assistance from Westchester Medical Center, feel free to contact their customer service department for more information.
FAQs About Financial Assistance
Here are some frequently asked questions about Westchester Medical Center’s financial assistance program.
What is the difference between charity care and financial assistance?
Charity care is free or discounted care provided to patients who cannot afford to pay their medical bills. Financial assistance is discounting or forgiving of a patient’s bill based on their ability to pay.
What is considered when determining if a patient qualifies for financial assistance?
When making a determination for financial assistance, WMC will consider a patient’s or family’s current income and assets, as well as any exceptional circumstances.
Is there a limit to how much financial assistance I can receive?
No, there is no limit. However, the amount of aid you receive will be based on your need and ability to pay.
What if I don’t qualify for financial assistance?
If you do not qualify for our financial assistance program, we can offer you other options such as setting up a payment plan.