|Financial Assistance Policy|
|Washington requires nonprofit and for-profit hospitals to adopt and implement financial assistance policies. Wash. Rev. Code §70.170.060(5).
Washington requires hospitals to provide free and discounted care to patients whose responsible parties are identified as indigent, based on specified criteria: responsible parties with family income not exceeding 100 percent of the federal poverty level are indigent and qualify for “charity sponsorship” for the full amount of hospital charges not otherwise covered by public or private sources. Wash. Admin. Code §246-453-040(1). Responsible parties with family income of 101 to 200 percent of the federal poverty level are indigent and qualify for discounted charges in accordance with the hospital’s sliding fee schedule and policies regarding individual financial circumstances. Wash. Admin. Code §246-453-040(2). Hospitals also have discretion to identify responsible parties with higher income as indigent and eligible for discounted charges based on individual financial circumstances. Wash. Admin. Code §246-453-040(3). Hospitals must implement a sliding fee schedule for patients identified as indigent for discounted charges following mandated guidelines. Wash. Admin. Code §246-453-050(1).