Many of our patient families who do not have health insurance are surprised to learn that their child may qualify for help. Children's Hospital Colorado works with eligible patients and families to apply for government aid for hospital services. That means we provide temporary, 45-day Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and children under age 19, while we process your medical assistance application. If patients and their families are not eligible for government aid, the Financial Counseling team may be able to offer a payment plan.
The Financial Assistance Program is available to all patients who do not have health insurance and live in the United States. We expect families to use all available resources before financial aid will be considered.
Qualifications for many assistance programs require applicants to meet federal poverty income guidelines based on the Federal Poverty Level. Eligibility for financial aid depends upon family size, income and the age of the applicant.
If you need help paying the hospital bill, you can see if you qualify for discounted care. You may qualify based on your income and if you are a Colorado resident. If you qualify, the hospital will limit your bill, and you will be offered an income-based payment plan. If you don’t currently have insurance, our financial counselors will automatically contact you to be screened.
To read more about this and for information about how to contact the CHCO Financial Counseling department, please reference the document below.
Your rights as a patient under Hospital Discounted Care
Please call us at 720-777-7001 to speak with a Financial Counselor. They will help you apply for financial aid programs that are available.
About our Financial Assistance Program
Children's Colorado's Financial Assistance Program is in accordance with Colorado Revised Statute § 25-3-112 and 26 CFR 1.501(r)-0 through 26 CFR 1.501(r)-7. Qualifications for many assistance programs require applicants to meet federal poverty income guidelines based on their Federal Poverty Level. Eligibility for financial assistance depends upon family size, income and the age of the applicant. Please see the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines Chart below for eligibility and links to our financial assistance policy and application.
Children’s Hospital Charity Program/Hospital Discounted Care
Our Charity Care Program(Hospital Discounted Care) provides financial aid to patients and families in need. The decision to provide Charity Care(Hospital Discounted Care) will, in most cases, be based on a review of the family's income, assets and liabilities at the time of visit, and will typically result in a sliding-scale co-payment due from the family.
Copies of our Financial Assistance Policy and Application are available below, by calling the Financial Counseling Department at 720-777-7001, or in our Financial Counseling offices at 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045 or at 4125 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Copies are available for free in multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
What are the general requirements* of Charity Care(Hospital Discounted Care)?
- Household size, income and resources below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level
- Submission of required information within 365 days from the date that the first post-discharge billing statement for the care is provided
Federal Poverty Level income guidelines chart: example of maximum income guidelines. Information provided here updated April 1st each year.
* Exceptions may apply.
||Approximate annual income
||up to $36,450
||up to $49,300
||up to $62,150
||up to $75,000
||up to $87,850
||up to $100,700
||up to $113,550
||up to $126,400
Amounts generally billed (AGB)
Children's Colorado limits the amount charged for care we provide to any individual who is eligible for financial assistance. We use the look-back method as defined in federal regulation §501(r) to determine the AGB.