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KershawHealth may change charity care policy
Would cut off assistance at 133 percent of poverty line
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Fewer people may be eligible for “free” care at KershawHealth if the healthcare system’s board of trustees signs off on a “financial assistance policy” change. Currently, the charity care policy uses a “stair step” formula to determine how much assistance to provide lower income patients. Persons whose annual household income meets up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) have their hospital bills adjusted by 100 percent, providing them free care.