For those in need, we have the resources and expertise to help—even when finances are tight. Whether it’s financial assistance, Medicaid, Social Security or a different program, we’ll help you find options that work for you and your family.
Driscoll Health System provides medical care to all patients in need up to the age of 20 and 364 days, regardless of ability to pay. We’re able to offer this assistance through the State of Texas Medicaid Program, as well as by offering our own hospital financial assistance program.
To qualify, individuals must meet each program’s guidelines, and the medical treatment must be of medical necessity.
This program was developed by the Texas Department of Human Resources for working families with qualifying income. Driscoll Health System accepts TexCare Children’s Health Insurance Partnership reimbursement for qualifying children as well as Medicaid.
If you become disabled or cannot work because of a physical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. People with disabilities, including children, who have little income and few resources may also be eligible for disability payments through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. You can learn more about specific benefits or file for benefits at socialsecurity.gov
Driscoll Health System (“Hospital”) offers reduced or no-charge services for all emergency or other medically necessary care for individuals eligible under our Financial Assistance Policy (FAP). Eligibility is based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines, number of dependents and gross annual income along with supportive income documents. Additional means of determining eligibility may be utilized by the hospital if individual circumstance supports that a completed application is not practical. Any third-party resource that may be available to the patient must be used before assistance is approved by the Hospital. A review by the Hospital’s financial counselor will also be required. Non-medically necessary services such as cosmetic procedures, pre-set cash-only procedures and non-covered screening services are not eligible for financial assistance.
Patients eligible for the Hospital’s Financial Assistance will not be charged more than the amount generally billed to individuals having insurance covering emergency and other medically necessary care. The Hospital will use the Look-Back Method for determining the percentage allowed to be applied to gross charges that will determine the generally billed amount for a 12-month period ending 8/31/2021. The AGB percentage used is 32%. Patients meeting the Hospital’s Financial Assistance Policy requirements will be charged no more than 25% of the amount generally billed. The details of this information are available upon request by calling the financial counseling office at (361) 694-4758.
Normal collection procedures will be followed for all patients unless the Hospital’s Financial Assistance Application Form is completed and submitted to the Hospital. Patients with incomplete applications will receive written notification identifying the additional information or payment needed and a deadline to receive it. If information or payment is not received by the deadline, the account will be turned over to an outside agency for collection. The Hospital’s detailed Collection Policy is available on the website listed below or upon request.
Additional information along with a printable Hospital Financial Assistance Form, a summary of the Hospital Financial Assistance Policy, a Full Detailed Hospital Financial Assistance Policy and the detailed Hospital Collection Policy is available on our Billing & Financial Information page.
You will be able to see an example of the federal poverty guidelines at aspe.hhs.gov/poverty.
Applications at no cost will be mailed to you by calling the Patient Access Office at (361) 694-4758. The Hospital Financial Assistance Summary Policy and the Hospital Financial Assistance Application Form may be reviewed and printed by following the website links. Paper copies of these forms may be obtained from the Admitting Office (located on the first floor of the Corpus Christi Hospital) or the discharge window (located on the first floor of the Corpus Christi Hospital Emergency Department). Our applications are available in English or Spanish, and we do have other language assistance resources upon request.
For further questions or assistance in completing the assistance application, please call our Patient Access Office at (361) 694-4758. You may also request a summary or complete copy of our Financial Assistance Policy from any Patient Access Office employee or by calling or requesting the policy in writing to:
Financial Assistance – Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi
3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78411