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Charity Care

Mather Hospital will provide Charity Care to those who qualify. In addition, Mather can counsel you on government assistance programs.

2013 Charity Care Summary

Apply for Medicaid Insurance Programs

If you believe that you may be eligible Charity Care, and you do not have medical insurance, please contact the Charity Care representative at 631-473-1320, ext. 4037 for more information.

Frequently Asked Charity Care Program Questions

What if I do not have health insurance and cannot afford to pay my hospital bill?
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital provides reduced fees for uninsured or underinsured patient earning up to 300% of the federal poverty level. Inpatient and outpatient medically necessary services are included.

Will Charity Care cover my entire hospital bill?
If you qualify for Charity Care the discounts can be applied toward an open balance as well as co-payment, deductible or co-insurance. Personal items such as: private room differential or non-medically necessary services can not be considered under Charity Care.

How will I know which services are covered?
Please contact the Charity Care representative at 631-473-1320, ext. 4037

What do I have to do to be considered for a reduced fee?
Patients applying for Charity Care are expected to fully cooperate in qualifying for government programs (i.e. Medicaid) and may be expected to provide our facility with additional documentation to further support their income and asset levels.
**Charity Care applications are furnished upon request**

What is the Charity Care sliding fee scale based on?
The Charity Care program is based on federal poverty levels for family size and income.

How long does the application process take?
Upon receipt of your first statement from the John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Patient Accounting Department, you will be provided with the information necessary to contact the Charity Care representative. If you wish to do so earlier please feel free to contact the Charity Care representative at 631-476-2801 option 8. Once the Charity Care representative receives a completed application, the Director of Patient Accounts has 30 days to contact the applicant via mail with the final decision.

What happens if my application is declined?
In the event a Charity Care applicant is denied free care or does not agree with the determination, they may appeal the decision by contacting the Charity Care representative at 631-476-2801 option 8 for a Charity Care Appeal Form. Otherwise all denied applicants are afforded the opportunity to develop a realistic and fair payment plan, while recognizing the financial obligation for the services provided.

All Charity Care application information is kept confidential.

Apply for Medicaid Insurance Programs

Free / Low Cost Health Insurance for Children, Families and Adults up to Age 64

Staff from Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council will be at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital to assist you and your children in applying for the Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Health Insurance Programs:

Dates: Third Friday of Every Month
Time: 9:30 - 2:00 pm
Location: John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
75 North Country Road - Port Jefferson
Please see Front Desk representatives or Security staff upon arrival for exact location within hospital.

Services include: medical check-ups, hospitalization, emergency care, prescriptions, vision and dental care.

If you need more information, please call Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council at 631-435-3000 or 631-656-9783.