What If I Can't Afford to Pay My Bill?
Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is committed to providing
quality care, personalized service and education to improve individual
and community health. We continuously seek to be the leader in promoting
access to our services for the residents and visitors of Worcester County
and the surrounding region.
Payment of our services can be made in any number of ways. Our primary
source of payment is through patients' insurance coverage. It is important
for you to understand the terms of your insurance coverage. Familiarizing
yourself with your insurance coverage will help you better understand
your hospital bill. If you have a bill or a balance that you cannot afford,
this page outlines some options available to you.
Financial Help Options
Financial help can be made available to you through a variety of resources:
If you have a balance remaining after your insurance has paid or if you
do not have health insurance and cannot afford your bill, rest assured
that we will exhaust every effort possible to resolve your bill. We have
financial counselors who will work with you to investigate if there is
private funding available, family to help, and/or credit cards that can be used.
If family assistance is not available as an option for you, we have experienced
patient accounting staff on hand to assist you in arranging a payment
plan. Please call 866-905-2100 for more information.
State Medical Assistance
Medicaid - If you are an inpatient and cannot afford to pay your bill and
if you meet the
minimum requirementsof Medicaid, we have trained staff available to help you in the application
process. Or you can call 800-492-5231 or access Medicaid services on their
Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)
Children under the age of 19 or pregnant women may qualify for MCHP. Patients
who qualify for this program will need to apply with the Worcester County
Health department. Call 410-632-1100. Assistance in completing the application
will be provided.
If no other financial avenue is available to you, you may qualify to have
your medical bills for medically necessary services paid under our Financial
Assistance policy. Click here for the
Financial Assistance Plain Language Summary. See our
guidelines for reference. You will need to complete the
Financial Assistance application (Spanish version), which can be found at any of the AGH/HS facilities or by calling 410-629-6025.
Financial assistance approvals are active for up to one year from the
date of approval of your application. If there are additional bills during
this period of time, they may be included in your original approval.
Why do I need to look for other option of funding before I receive financial
Patients in need of financial assistance should first utilize all resources
for which they are eligible and if no other financial avenue is available
to you than this ensures AGH resources will be available to patients who
don’t qualify for other financial help.
What factors determine the financial assistance that I will receive?
Patients are asked to pay on a sliding-fee scale depending on household
income, household size, and other personal circumstances. For more information
see the guidelines for your reference.
When I will come to know about the financial assistance that I will receive?
The amount of financial assistance will be determined within 10-15 working
days of submitting all your application and documents; you will receive
confirmation after receiving all your documents and also processing of
If you would like to confidentially discuss any of this information, please
feel free to contact one of the following:
AGH Financial Counseling
AGH Patient Accounting
AGH Financial Assistance Program
Primary Adult Care (PAC)
Maryland Medical Assistance (Medicaid)
(800) 492-5231 or (410) 767-5800
Maryland Children's Health Program