Yes. All hospitals in Maine must give free care to poor people without health insurance. You have to meet these criteria:
Just ask the hospital for an application.
It is the law in Maine that hospitals tell you about your right to apply for free care. It should be posted on the wall in the hospital. They should also give you written information about it.
The hospital staff should help you fill out the application if you ask for help. Ask for an interpreter if you need one.
Free care covers all medically necessary services you get from the hospital. It will not cover costs for your prescriptions at the drug store or other tests or doctor’s bills.
Hospitals have to give free care to people who are below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level. They count your income before taxes.
They don’t count:
This chart shows the maximum annual income:
You may still be able to get help. Many hospitals have higher income limits than the ones above. They may also have sliding fee scales where you only pay part of the cost. Ask the hospital.
Yes. The hospital can ask you to apply for MaineCare or Medicare to see if you’re eligible for coverage under those programs.
You have the right to ask for a hearing. The deadline is 60 days from when you got the denial letter from the hospital. You can also ask for a hearing if the hospital doesn’t give you their decision within a reasonable amount of time.
Keep the denial letter. You have to send it to the hearings office when you ask for your hearing:Division of Administrative Hearings
Then call Pine Tree Legal to see if we can help or give you advice on your hearing.
Updated July, 2017
PTLA # 599