CHI Franciscan waives copays, deductibles for federal employees affected by government shutdown

Tacoma, Wash.-based CHI Franciscan Health said it will waive copays and deductibles for federal workers and their family members affected by the partial government shutdown.

This applies to people receiving care at the health system's 11 acute care hospitals and more than 200 primary clinics. It also applies to services provided at seven CityMD urgent care locations.

The government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, has affected hundreds of thousands of federal employees, who were furloughed without pay.

CHI Franciscan said federal employees affected by the shutdown may bring their government-issued ID to any CHI Franciscan location and attest that they or their dependent are affected by the furlough.

"There are thousands of individuals in our region who are affected by the federal government shutdown who are not only experiencing employment uncertainty but could be avoiding needed medical care because of financial hardship," CHI Franciscan CEO Ketul Patel said via news release. "We don't want the shutdown to be a barrier for people and their families to access the care they need."


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