All clients seeking health care services at Ocean Mist Counseling and Wellness are assured that they will be served regardless of ability to pay. No one is refused service because of lack of financial means to pay. This program is designed to provide free or discounted care to those who have no means, or limited means, to pay for their medical services (uninsured or underinsured).
OCEAN MIST COUNSELING AND WELLNESS will offer a Sliding Fee Discount Program to all who are unable to pay for their services. OCEAN MIST COUNSELING will base program eligibility on a person’s ability to pay and will not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Federal Poverty Guidelines are used in creating and annually updating the sliding fee schedule (SFS) to determine eligibility.
The following guidelines are to be followed in providing the Sliding Fee Discount Program.
Notification: OCEAN MIST COUNSELING AND WELLNESS will notify patients of the Sliding Fee Discount Program by:
Policy and procedure review: The SFS will be updated based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines. Ocean Mist Counseling will also review possible changes in our policy and procedures and for examining institutional practices which may serve as barriers preventing eligible clients from having access to our community care provisions. During the annual budget process, an estimated amount of Sliding Fee Discount Program service will be placed into the budget as a deduction from revenue.
Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
This notice went into effect on October 1, 2018
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