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Valley View lowers financial aid threshold

Valley View Hospital is expanding its financial assistance eligibility so more community members can get help.

Now, community members with incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level can qualify for financial assistance with their hospital bill. This is a change from the previous eligibility requirement of 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Other household asset requirements continue to determine eligibility.

"With this change, a family of four with an income of up to $121,500 can qualify for financial aid. If that family has a hospital bill of $6,000, Valley View would provide assistance to reduce that bill to $3,600 or by 40 percent," said Bonnie Wasli, interim chief financial officer of Valley View.

To understand this change, patients and caregivers can contact Valley View's financial counselors. Valley View financial counselors work individually with patients to discuss their options for financial assistance and support them in applying for assistance. These counselors can also assist patients with assistance regarding their physician clinic bills with Valley View.

"Valley View is committed to providing health care for all community members who are suffering from illness and do not have a means to pay for their care," said Gary Brewer, chief executive officer of Valley View. "We want our patients and their caregivers to know that we are here to work with them."