Created around sixty years ago, the Hill-Burton Act was administered by the federal government to require many healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics who have been given federal grants to provide patients with low-cost or free health care services. Along with hospitals, the act includes other types of locations which were granted funds for facility modernization, construction, and reconstruction.
What this essentially means is that any type of medical provider which has received any sort of federal aid is now required to help patients of theirs who have low income or are underinsured by their insurance company to receive adequate care. This program was set into place to assist people who live around the area of such facilities to get affordable health care services who cannot afford it on their own.
There are some criteria to meet in order to become eligible for financial aid, however. Individuals cannot be covered by any kind of existing health insurance. This can include both private, third-party insurers and government assistant programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. If you are wanting help and your household income falls below the poverty income level, you will be able to receive free medical help. If you have a household income that is greater or more than double the current poverty level for income, your health care costs can be provided by the facility at either a reduced or free charge. This will be determined by the facility you are going to use for your medical services.
You do not have to be a United States citizen in order to apply for the help. The only requirement is that you be living in the U.S. for a minimum of three months to apply. It should be kept in mind that each facility will only have a certain amount of funds dedicated to this program each year. Once a facility hits that amount, they will begin to stop offering these services and some people will be turned away, unfortunately. This program is managed through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. There are over 200 health care hospitals and facilities across the country who provide services to patients under this program.