Connecticut there is only one facilility that is
obligated under Hill-Burton: Fair Haven
Community Health Center, New Haven.
The Hill-Burton Act
is a federal program which requires obligated
facilities (health care facilities including
hospitals that have used federal money for
facility reconstruction or modernization) to
provide free or low cost health care services to
people living in the facility’s area who cannot
afford to pay for the services. To be eligible,
a person must not be covered by, nor receive
services under, a third-party insurer or a
governmental program such as Medicaid or
Medicare. If income is less than current Poverty
Income Level, facility services may be free. You
may be eligible for Hill-Burton reduced-care
cost if your income is as much as two times
(triple for nursing home care) the HHS Proverty
Guidelines. It is not necessary that
applicants be U.S. Citizens. Patient need only
have been living in the U.S. for a minimum of 3
Hill-Burton facilities must provide a specific
amount of free care per year, but can stop
services once they have given that amount.)
The Hill-Burton Act is administered by
the U.S. Department of Health and Human
You may obtain a
list of Hill-Burton facilities by contacting the
Dept. of Health and Human Services at the
website above or by calling its 800 number.
(NOTE: There is presently only one place in
Connecticut that is designated as a Hill Burton
1. Find the Hill-Burton
obligated facility nearest you from the list of
Hill-Burton obligated facilities.
2. Go to the facility's admissions or business
office and ask for a copy of the Hill-Burton
Individual Notice. The Individual Notice will
tell you what income level makes you eligible
for free or reduced-cost care, what services
might be covered, and exactly where in the
facility to apply.
3. Go to the office listed in the Individual
Notice and say you want to apply for Hill-Burton
free or reduced-cost care. You may need to fill
out a form.
4. Gather any other required documents (such as
a pay stub to prove income eligibility) and take
or send them to the obligated facility.
5. If you are asked to apply for Medicaid,
Medicare, or some other financial assistance
program, you must do so.
6. When you return the completed application,
ask for a Determination of Eligibility. Check
the Individual Notice to see how much time the
facility has before it must tell you whether or
not you will receive free or reduced-cost care.
PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Search by program name: Hill-Burton
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: January2013