As a nonprofit organization, our responsibility is to provide access to quality health care services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Our Financial Assistance Program (charity care) is designed to help those patients who need financial assistance to cover bills from Gritman Medical Center.
Financial assistance for health care services will be given to patients who qualify based on information provided in the Financial Assistance Application. Patients may also be granted assistance if they are determined to be presumptively eligible. Other circumstances are evaluated on a case-by-case basis as determined by the chief financial officer or chief executive officer.
If a patient has been previously approved or determined to be presumptively eligible for financial assistance under the Financial Assistance Policy, they shall be deemed eligible for 12 months following the date of service for which the application is submitted. Patients must reapply for financial assistance every 12 months, except as otherwise determined.
If a patient qualifies for financial assistance under this policy, the patient’s billed charges will be no more than the same amounts generally billed (AGB) for health care services as patients who have insurance coverage.
The patient’s annual household income is compared to the most recently published Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines that are in effect. AGB charges for inpatient and outpatient services will be discounted by the following percentages in relation to poverty guidelines:
Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Discount
0 to 200% 100%
201% to 250% 80%
251% to 300% 60%
301% to 350% 40%
351% to 400% 20%
Nothing in the Financial Assistance Policy shall prevent the offering of reduced or more favorable financial assistance based upon the circumstances.
Gritman Medical Center may also approve catastrophic charity care to patients whose family income is in excess of 400% of the federal poverty guidelines when circumstances indicate severe financial hardship or personal loss. Available assets and extraordinary circumstances will be reviewed to assist with eligibility determination for catastrophic charity care. Please contact our financial counselor for more information.
For additional information view our Financial Assistance Policy or download the Plain Language Summary of the Financial Assistance Policy.
Prescription Medicine Support: Gritman works with Partnership for Prescription Assistance to help individuals who do not have prescription coverage and cannot afford prescribed medicine. More than 2,500 brand-name and generic medicines are covered, and many are available to program participants at reduced or no cost.
Bosom Buddies: The Bosom Buddies program provides free mammograms to Latah County women who are unable to cover the costs of a screening on their own. A physician’s referral is required.
Light a Candle: The Light a Candle program makes services available to cancer patients to ease pressures and improve their quality of life. A physician’s referral is required, and assistance recipients must be Latah or Whitman County residents in active treatment.