|Financial Assistance Policy Dissemination|
|New York requires dissemination of hospitals’ financial assistance policies as a condition of participating in the state’s General Hospital Indigent Care Pool.
In order to participate in the state’s General Hospital Indigent Care Pool, hospitals must develop a clear and understandable written financial assistance policy and make patients aware of the policy. Summaries of these policies must be available to patients and to the public. Hospitals that operate 24-hour emergency rooms must also conspicuously post notice of their financial assistance policies in appropriate languages and notify patients of the policies during the intake and registration process. In addition, notice that financial assistance may be available and instructions on how to obtain additional information must be included in bills and statements sent to patients. N.Y. Pub. Health Law § 2807-k(9-a)(c).