Meridian Health

Financial Assistance Guide

Meridian Health must charge for services rendered. The exact charges will depend on the extent of the services rendered by your doctor and clinical team. Some examples of this include but are not limited to: Blood work, Diagnostic Testing, MRI, CT Scan, Endoscopy, Biopsies, Pathology, and Surgery.

It is your responsibility to provide us with accurate information about your insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, Managed Medicaid) so that your insurance can be billed correctly.

If you don't have insurance or your insurance doesn't cover all of the costs, there are federal and state sources of financial assistance that may be available to you. Eligibility requirements and the application process may be different depending upon the program. Financial Assistance Representatives are available to discuss what the best plan is for you.

We specialize in the five major programs that are available to help New Jersey residents. Eligibility for these programs are dependent on the New Jersey State income and assets. When you meet with our Financial Assistance Representatives, he/she will give you a detailed list of what you will need.

MEDICAID

Meridian Health has contracted with a nationwide vendor, Century Business Services (CBIZ), to assist our patients who meet the eligibility criteria with the application process. There are many types of Medicaid available through the NJ Department of Health. CBIZ works with our patients to determine the program best suited for their circumstances.

SSI - MEDICAID

This is a program that supplements Medicaid benefits with a monthly income stipend that can help with basic needs such as food, clothing, or housing. Meridian has contracted with Chamberlin Edmonds and Century Business Solutions (CBIZ) to be onsite to assist inpatients and certain outpatients who meet the eligibility criteria with the application process.

FAMILY CARE

This program is designed to provide coverage for children. Meridian's Financial Assistance Team will assist you in completing the application. The application is then forwarded to the County Board of Social Services or the State vendor in Trenton for processing. You will hear directly from the processing agency regarding the status of your application.

PRESUMPTIVE ELIGIBILITY - MEDICAID

This program provides temporary coverage for persons who meet some basic eligibility criteria so that their health care costs can be covered while the formal Medicaid or Family Care application is processed. It provides 45 days of coverage from the initial date of the application.


It is your responsibility to complete your charity care documents and submit them to the Financial Assistance Office. Please notify the registration team member when you have been approved for any service such as Charity Care or Medicaid. Patients who are not covered by insurance and do not qualify for Financial Assistance will be asked to pay an upfront reduced rate for any ancillary services that are needed.

These fees are available upon request. Patients paying at the time of their visit will be charged a flat rate. This rate equals less than 50% of our actual charges. Any patients that qualify for Financial Assistance will have applicable fees refunded.

CHARITY CARE

Unlike Medicaid and Family Care, which provides ongoing coverage for health care services, including physician services and drugs, Charity Care is designed to provide assistance to cover the costs of hospital services only. In order to apply for Charity Care you must have a scheduled appointment in the hospital within 30 days or have received a hospital bill within the last 12 months. You should know that your immigration status doesn't matter when you apply for Charity Care - it will not affect your eligibility. If no other options are available to you, Meridian's Financial Assistance Team will assist you in completing a Charity Care application.

Download Charity Care Application Here


Click here to access this guide in Spanish (Guia de Ayuda Financiera)

If you wish to apply for Charity Care, you can meet with a representative on the appropriate hospital campus:


Jersey Shore
University Medical Center

Financial Assistance Office
Jane H. Booker Family Health Ctr
732-776-4668

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Financial Assistance Office
Brennan Lobby
732-776-4910

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


 

Ocean Medical Center
Financial Assistance Office
Ambulatory Care Center
732-840-3340

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


 

Riverview Medical Center
Financial Assistance Office
Blaisdel Lobby
732-530-2585

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Southern Ocean Medical Center
Financial Assistance Office
609-978-3400

Hours of Operation:
By Appointment Only
Inquiries:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


 

Bayshore Community Hospital
Financial Assistance Office
732-497-1775

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.