It is the Policy of Westchester Medical Center, including MidHudson Regional Hospital, (collectively, “WMC”) to provide Financial Assistance in compliance with New York State.
Understanding Your Financial Responsibilities
Patients at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital should understand how their bill is processed and be familiar with their insurance coverage. For Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital please contact our Patient Accounts Department at 914.493.2089 between 9 am and 4 pm to assist you with any questions. For MidHudson Regional please contact Patient Financial Services at 845.431.8134 between 9 am and 4 pm. Your Health Insurance Coverage Hospital insurance plans vary widely and we recommend that you carefully read the terms of your policy. Some contracts limit the number of days and/or amount of coverage under the terms of the plan. Please bring all your medical insurance cards and any special forms required to your pre-admission testing or on the day you are admitted. Items not covered by insurance, such as deductibles and private rooms, are payable in full at the time of discharge.
Notifying Your Insurance Carrier
You are responsible for contacting your insurance carrier prior to elective admission (if required) and 24 to 48 hours after Emergency Room admittance or transfer from another hospital. Refer to your contract to ensure you adhere to the terms of your specific plan.If there are any questions about your insurance, a Patient Accounts Representative will contact you either for more information or to explain your responsibilities. It is important that you understand that the final responsibility for payment is with you, the patient.
About Your Bill
Your bill from WMC does not include your doctor's fee nor the fees of other physician specialists, such as anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists or other consulting physicians to whom you may be referred by your doctor. You will receive a separate bill for services from each of them.
For remittance of checks:
If you (a patient) have received a check from your insurance company at your home address, please endorse the back of the check and mail with the Explanation of Benefits to:
Westchester Medical Center
Client ID # 400008
P.O. Box 5044
New Britain, CT
Does WMC offer a Financial Assistance Program?
Yes. WMC remains devoted to continued excellence in patient care and serving the community. As a partner in the community we offer a Financial Assistance Program which allows us to provide care to patients without charge or at amounts less than our established rates.
Who qualifies for a discount and what are the income limits?
Financial assistance is available for patients with limited income and no health insurance. Although Westchester Medical Center’s primary service area is defined as the five counties of Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Bronx, everyone in New York State who receives medically necessary services may be eligible for a discount if they meet certain income limits. The amount of the discount varies based on your income and the size of your family. Do not be afraid to apply – you may qualify even if you work or own a home or car. Eligibility is based on the federal poverty guidelines (English) / (Spanish).
View our summaries:
- Financial Assistance Program Informational Sheet (English Version)
- Financial Assistance Program Informational Sheet (Spanish Version)
What services are covered?
All medically necessary services may be covered under the financial assistance program. This may include outpatient services, inpatient care, and emergency services. Please note that charges from private doctors who provide certain services in the hospital are billed by the respective physicians and may not be covered under this program.
How do I get information about the Financial Assistance Program?
To inquire about our Financial Assistance Program, please contact us at 914.493.7830 or ask any of our registration staff members for an informational packet.
What do I need to do to apply for the program?
Free, confidential help is available for the program. We will help you complete an easy application and will let you know of a few documents that may be needed (photo identification, pay stubs, etc.). If you, your family members, or friends do not speak English, someone will assist you in your own language.
The Financial Counselor can also tell you if you qualify for free or low-cost health insurance such as Medicaid or Child Health Plus.
A copy of our application is available by clicking the following links:
- Financial Assistance Document List (English)
- Financial Assistance Document List (Spanish)
- Financial Assistance Application (English)
- Financial Assistance Application (Spanish)
If you are also planning to apply for Medicaid, please see New York State’s document requirements below:
- Documents Needed if Applying for Medicaid
For more information, please see any registration specialist or call 914.493.7830. We are here to help.
What if I have a problem that I cannot resolve with the hospital?
You can call the New York State Department of Health at 1.800.804.5447.
Click the image below for a list of the plans with which the hospital participates. You may also call us at 914.493.5446 to inquire on specific products within the plans. We also encourage you to call your insurance company to confirm participation. You can also reach us at the above number to obtain information on your financial responsibility.
It is important for you to know that the physician services you receive in the hospital are not included in the hospital’s charges. Physicians bill for their services separately and may or may not participate in the same health plans as the hospital. You should check with the physician arranging your hospital services to determine which plans that physician participates in. Hospital contracts with WMC Advanced Physician Services, P.C. (WMCAPS) to provide anesthesiology, radiology and pathology services. You can obtain insurance verification information on WMCAPS physicians by contacting:
WMC Advanced Physician Services, P.C.
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 3100N
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Online Cost Estimator Tool
Access the Online Cost Estimator Tool here:https://onlinepatientestimation.com/PatientPortal/site/WestchesterMedicalCenter.
The information contained in this file is being provided in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for hospital to provide on online cost estimator. You can also utilize the online cost estimator tool below to get out-of-pocket costs for common procedures at Westchester Medical Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital.
Although the estimator will take into consideration the insurance plan, if any, along with any patient responsibilities, please note that estimates are not a guarantee of the final bill. Your out-of-pocket costs will depend upon actual services that you receive, and, if you are insured, the hospital’s negotiated rates with your insurance plan and your insurance coverage. Your insurance coverage determines your co-payment, co-insurance percentage, and annual deductible. Please call your insurance company for a more accurate representation of your responsibility.PLEASE NOTE THESE ESTIMATES ONLY INCLUDE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOSPITAL AND DO NOT INCLUDE FEES FROM YOUR SURGEON, ANESTHESIOLOGIST AND/OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BILLED BY THE PHYSICIAN AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL PROVIDERS.Typically, you will be billed separately for these professional services. Please call your physician office for additional information.
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The information contained in this file is being provided in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement for hospitals to post a list of their standard charges, also called chargemaster, online in a machine-readable format. The chargemaster (charge description master or CDM) is the list of all individual items and services maintained by a hospital for which the hospital has established a charge. A chargemaster rate represents the dollar amount assigned to specific medical services before application of any negotiated discounts to third-party payers. The actual hospital charges will vary based on the type of care provided, treatments, individual health conditions and other factors.
To view Westchester Medical Center’s chargemaster rates, reference this Document.*
Charges and rates updated 04/21/2022 and are subject to change. The chargemaster information, by itself, is not used to determine how much patients may need to pay, or to compare what a patient might owe a hospital. Your out-of-pocket costs will depend upon actual services that you receive, and if you are insured the hospital’s negotiated rates with your insurance plan and your insurance coverage. Your insurance coverage determines your co-payment, co-insurance percentage, and annual deductible. Please call your insurance company for a more accurate representation of your responsibility. You may also call us at914.493.7830 to get additional information.
PLEASE NOTE THESE CHARGES ONLY INCLUDE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOSPITAL AND DO NOT INCLUDE FEES FROM YOUR SURGEON, ANESTHESIOLOGIST AND/OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BILLED BY THE PHYSICIAN AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL PROVIDERS. Typically, you will be billed separately for these professional services. Please call your physician office for additional information.
*By accessing this file, I understand and accept the disclaimer above
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