Yale New Haven Health to waive copays, other costs for furloughed federal workers

Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health revealed Jan. 24 that the system will waive copays, deductibles or coinsurance for furloughed government employees.

This applies to any federal worker who seeks emergency treatment in Yale New Haven Health emergency departments, urgent care or walk-in centers, according to hospital officials. Furloughed government employee must present their federal ID at the time of service.

Yale New Haven Health officials said in a news release that the system will also waive copayments and deductibles for federal workers who receive physician services by Northeast Medical Group physicians in the system's emergency departments, urgent care or walk-in centers. Yale New Haven Health also will place holds on outstanding bills for furloughed federal employees and their partners, spouses and dependents that will extend for 30 days after the government reopens. 

"The government shutdown is causing extreme hardship for many," Vincent Tammaro, executive vice president and CFO of Yale New Haven Health, said in the news release. "We hope that this small measure will help patients continue to seek necessary medical care without having to choose between their health and putting food on the table."

More information is available here.


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