Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital said it will discount charges on a sliding scale for uninsured -- and on a case-by-case basis for underinsured -- patients with family incomes of up to 350% of the federal poverty level. The hospital began reviewing a sliding scale last year and chose to implement it after the CMS' recent assurance that discounted bills for the uninsured are legal, a spokesman said. The new policy eventually will apply throughout five-hospital Yale-New Haven Health System after board approval. The spokesman said the policy change is not related to a class-action lawsuit filed against the hospital last year by the Service Employees International Union District 1199, which alleged that as many as 10,000 patients were wrongly denied access to Yale-New Haven's "free bed" funds. Under the hospital's previous policy, patients at or below 250% of the poverty level could qualify for free care but first apply must for Medicaid assistance. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Yale-New Haven to discount bills to needy
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