Massachusetts
Financial Assistance Policy
As a condition of original licensure, Massachusetts requires nonprofit and for-profit hospitals to provide charity or discounted care on an income-based sliding scale. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 111, §51G(3). In addition, the Voluntary Guidelines recommend that all nonprofit hospitals develop written charity care policies.

The Voluntary Guidelines recommend that all nonprofit hospitals develop written “Credit and Collection” policies that describe any program through which a hospital offers discounts for the uninsured or medically indigent, including the hospital’s charity care policies. Voluntary Guidelines, p. 28.