Medical Care for Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay
We must give free care to Maine persons with income less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Southern Maine Health Care exceeds this requirement by providing the following discounts:
If you believe you qualify for Free Care, please request an application from the Patient Accounts office by calling 282-9080 (toll free: 877-282-9080), or pick one up in person from the Cashier's Office, located on the first floor of the Medical Center. You can also download a copy here:
Before providing Free Care, Southern Maine Health Care will ask for information about your income and will ask you to show that insurance or a government medical assistance program will not pay for your care. This information is held in the strictest confidence. Patient Accounts will make a written determination of your eligibility for assistance within ten working days of the receipt of your request.
Services that are not medically necessary are not provided as Free Care. If you do not qualify for free hospital care, you are allowed to ask for a fair hearing. We will tell you how to apply for a fair hearing.
FPL: Federal Poverty Level. The Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines was published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2014.