March 29, 2024

Hospital Discounted Care Newsletter

This newsletter provides information and updates on the implementation of House Bill (HB) 21-1198, Health Care Billing Requirements for Indigent Patients, otherwise known as Hospital Discounted Care. Low-income patients who aren't enrolled in Health First Colorado or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) will have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance or charity care programs at the health care facility where they receive care.

Please visit our Hospital Discounted Care webpage for more information.

Hospital Discounted Care Updates

Updated Materials Available

New versions of the Uniform Application (Version 1.6), Uniform Application PDF for posting, Federal Poverty Guidelines, and Hospital Discounted Care FPG and Payment Calculator have been posted to the Hospital Discounted Care web page. All providers must begin using Version 1.6 of the Uniform Application on Monday, April 1. Providers will need to ensure that they update the application that is mandated to be posted to their website with either the new PDF or Excel version of the application.

In addition to the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) updates in the Uniform Application, the following changes were made:

  • Expanded the application to accommodate households up to 15 members

  • Changed the calculation of unemployment income, including automatically setting the end date for the household's determination to coincide with when the unemployment payments will end

  • Removed the CICP only card and updated the combo card so that the Hospital Discounted Care monthly max amounts populate automatically - this change was discussed at the October CICP Advisory Council meeting

  • Non-CICP hospitals are invited to attend these meetings, as Hospital Discounted Care topics may be discussed

  • Meetings are the last Monday in January, April, July, and October - next meeting is April 29 from 1-3 p.m.

Questions on any of these updates can be sent to [email protected].

Office Hours Schedule Change

Office Hours will not be held April 3 or April 10. Office Hours will resume on April 17 and be held every other Wednesday instead of weekly on Wednesdays. Topics will continue to be posted to the Hospital Discounted Care web page; if you have a topic you would like HCPF to cover in Office Hours, please submit it to [email protected].

Office Hours

HCPF is holding office hours every Wednesday at 9 a.m. No registration is required. The Zoom link and call in information are on the Hospital Discounted Care website.

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