One of the most high profile political and public policy issues of the day is the question of fairness in regard to what is reasonable for hospitals to expect people in the community without health coverage to pay for hospital services.

Traditionally, patients without any insurance are expected to pay the full charges on their hospital bill. Insurance companies do not pay the full charges on hospital bills for insured individuals because insurance companies can negotiate the rates they pay by covering a high volume of hospital patients. For patients who are without insurance and whose income levels exceed criteria for financial assistance, some bills can be a hardship.

Hospitals in New Hampshire have addressed this issue of the health care industry’s complex billing system by developing the Hospital Access Plus program, which was started a few years ago as a voluntary component of the New Hampshire Health Access Network. The goal is to assist patients in the community without health coverage through more equitable billing practices, regardless of patients’ financial status.

Hospitals participating in the Hospital Access Plus program discount hospital facility charges for medically necessary hospital services by a minimum of 15% for patients without health coverage or financial assistance. Connect with your participating community hospital to find out more. Local conditions may apply.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
Androscoggin Valley Hospital
Catholic Medical Center
Cheshire Medical Center
Concord Hospital
Cottage Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Elliot Hospital
Exeter Hospital
Franklin Regional Hospital
Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Huggins Hospital
Lakes Region General Hospital
Littleton Regional Hospital
Monadnock Community Hospital
New London Hospital
Parkland Medical Center
Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Southern NH Medical Center
St. Joseph Hospital
Speare Memorial Hospital
Valley Regional Hospital
Weeks Medical Center
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Click HERE for information about financial assistance offered by hospitals in New Hampshire