|Financial Assistance Policy|
|Texas requires nonprofit hospitals to have a financial assistance policy that incorporates specified eligibility criteria.
Each Texas nonprofit hospital must “develop, implement, and enforce” a written financial assistance policy. The policy must provide that patients who satisfy the statutory definitions of “financially indigent” or “medically indigent” are eligible for financial assistance. A “financially indigent” patient is one with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; a “medically indigent” patient is one who is unable to pay the remaining balance on hospital bills that, after payment by third-party payers, exceeds a percentage of the patient’s annual gross income (as specified in the hospital’s financial assistance policy). Tex. Health and Safety Code Ann. §§324.101, 311.031(11),(13).