Maryland
Financial Assistance Policy
Maryland law requires hospitals to develop and implement a financial assistance policy for “providing free and reduced-cost care to patients who lack health care coverage or whose health care coverage does not pay the full cost of the hospital bill.”

Maryland law and regulation require each acute care and chronic care hospital to develop and implement a financial assistance policy that provides, at a minimum, free medically necessary care to patients with family income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; reduced cost medically necessary care to patients with family incomes between 200 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level “in accordance with the mission and service area of the hospital;” and reduced cost medical care to patients with family income below 500 percent of the federal poverty level who have a financial hardship. In addition, upon request, a hospital must offer a payment plan to uninsured patients with family income between 200 and 500 percent of the federal poverty level. Md. Code Ann. Health-Gen. §19-214.1(b); COMAR 10.37.10.26(A-2)(2)(a).