What is a Sliding Discount?
The sliding discount is a formula used to determine the availability of reduced charges to patients who qualify according to the number in the family and the average monthly income of the family.
WHO CAN QUALIFY?
The sliding fee is a discount of charges for those who either have no insurance or who have insurance but have a high deductible. Also, it is for those whose insurance does not cover provided services. Regardless of whether you have insurance or not, you must still meet the income guidelines.
HOW DO I QUALIFY?
To qualify for the sliding discount, you must fill out a form (these can be picked up at any of the offices) and bring proof of income into any of our offices. The proof of income can be a W-2 or 1040 tax form. Paychecks can be deceiving since you may make more some pay periods than others. If you pay differs from month to month, bring in several pay stubs and we will come up with an average.
If you have insurance and still meet the income guidelines, you may still qualify. If your insurance does not pay for the covered services or if you have a high deductible, you may qualify to have part of your payment reduced.
The Sliding Discount does not mean you owe nothing for your visit. It provides a cost savings to those who qualify to have costs reduced. If you don’t bring your documentation, you have a total of 2 business days to return the documentation or you will be responsible for the total charges. A minimum payment of $30 per Medical visit and 50% per Dental visit , is expected at time of services. While we are not a free clinic, we are able to provide reduced costs to those who qualify while providing quality health care to all.
Below is a chart with our Sliding Fee Scale and it’s levels for both Medical and Dental visits. Medical is a set amount per visit, while Dental is a percentage of the total work done. Also, certain procedures are exempt from Sliding Fee, and are full price, regardless of Sliding Fee level.
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