Financial Assistance Program
Programs for those in need
At Lakewood Regional Medical Center, we want to provide care to the entire community. For patients who do not have insurance coverage, have a low income or have incurred very high medical expenses within the last 12 months, we provide some alternate funding and payment plan options. We will work with you to explore options available to you based on government and hospital rules and regulations. To get you started, here is an overview of some of the financial assistance programs we provide.
Medical Eligibility Program (MEP)
You may qualify to have all or part of your hospital services paid for through government programs. MEP is a program available to you free of cost. Our hospital’s Patient Advocates will assist you in the application process. You may be interested in this program if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Are under 21 or over 65 years old
- Have children in the household
- Are pregnant
- Are potentially disabled
- Are a victim of a crime
Government programs for which you may qualify
Following are some government programs for which you might be able to take advantage. You can also download the Medi-Cal application or call us at (855) 580-3668 to get started.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Social Security Disability
- Supplemental Security Income
- County Indigent
- Victims of a Violent Crime Fund
If you do not have the means to pay for hospital expenses and do not qualify for any government programs, you may qualify for our Charity Care, a financial assistance program. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
- Household income below 350% of the federal poverty limit, or
- Annual medical costs that exceed 10% of your household income in the past 12 months
As part of the process of qualifying for Charity Care, we will need you to provide information on your household finances through a confidential financial application. We will request documentation to verify your circumstances in order to determine eligibility. For additional information or to begin the process of qualifying, please call us at (855) 580-3668.
Uninsured Discount Program
If you are uninsured, we have discounts for which you may be eligible. Our Patient Advocates will go through the rules with you and help you to determine your eligibility for these discounts. To talk with a Patient Advocate, please call us at (855) 580-3668.
Our Patient Advocates can also connect you with some non-profit credit counseling services in your area.