Washington Court House, OHIO (March 6, 2020) – Fifteen in one hundred
homes in Fayette County live in poverty, and thanks to expanded income
guidelines at Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH), fewer patients
may have to decide between their hospital bills and other household expenses.
With the change, more households may now qualify for free or low cost
care provided by the hospital.
Patients whose household income is up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline
are eligible for 100% financial assistance and those with a household
income of up to 400% of the guideline are eligible for a 60% discount
on their FCMH bill.
The change was driven by a desire to help those who are working remain
healthy. “There are a lot of people in the community who are working,
but are in between making too much to qualify for assistance yet not making
enough to take care of routine medical treatment,” explained FCMH
CEO Mike Diener. “They’re still choosing between paying utilities,
buying school supplies or getting regular check-ups. What better way to
assist than to offer reduced cost health care.” Those who qualify
can also work with counselors to establish a payment plan for the balance.
“For example, a family of four with an income range of $52,401 to
$104,800 may now be eligible for a 60% reduction in their healthcare costs
at FCMH,” explains Diener. “By expanding our income guidelines
we anticipate being able to offer reduced cost care to 50% more people,
and offer a payment schedule to best suit their needs.”
One application will cover six months of encounters at FCMH. For a complete
application and more information, please contact the FCMH Financial Counselors
Fayette County Memorial Hospital is a 25 bed, critical access hospital
with over 30 health care providers and over 400 employees. FCMH offers
a full spectrum of health care services including same day care, specialty
clinic, surgery center, therapy services and women’s wellness center.
For more information:
Leader of Business Development
1430 Columbus Avenue
Washington CH, OH 43160