Help Paying Your Bill
At Natividad, we are committed to providing compassionate, high-quality care to everyone, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
If you do not have insurance, cannot afford to pay for treatment or are underinsured, programs are available to help pay a reduced portion of your bill. You may be eligible for hospital financial assistance, including Self Pay Discount, Charity Care, or High Medical Cost programs.
There are various Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) programs available for children and adults with limited income and resources, regardless of immigration status. Medi-Cal may cover all or a portion of your bill.
Services & Assistance Programs
To learn more, visit www.coveredca.com or call the Covered California hotline at 1-800-300-1506.Natividad can help you in filling out the appropriate forms for you and your family members. Natividad also participates in the Hospital Presumptive Eligibility Program; ask a representative for more details or read more below.Medi-Cal provides free or low-cost health care to people who qualify. Your eligibility is based on income and the number of people in your household. You may have any immigration status to qualify, and benefits do not affect your immigration status.If your income brackets exceed Medi-Cal eligibility, you may qualify for health insurance premium assistance.
If you don’t have Medi-Cal and want to apply, submit a Medi-Cal application to the Monterey County Department of Social Services offices or contact our financial counseling staff for help. Visit benefitscal.com or call 877-410-8823 for more information.
Hospital Presumptive Eligibility (HPE) is a hospital-issued Medi-Cal program that focuses on providing immediate access to needed health care services while putting people on a path to ongoing coverage. HPE will provide temporary, no-cost Medi-Cal benefits for up to two months and is temporarily available once every twelve months.
Medi-Cal Access Program for Pregnant Women (MCAP) provides middle-income pregnant women with low-cost comprehensive coverage with no co-payments or deductibles for its covered services.
Presumptive Eligibility (PE) for Pregnant Women is a Medi-Cal program that provides immediate coverage for low-income pregnant women for two months while they apply for Medi-Cal.
Natividad offers various self-pay discount, charity care and high medical cost programs. Under these programs, patients pay a reduced portion of Natividad bills.Patients may be eligible for Charity Care if the patient’s income meets the eligibility standards set by the poverty guidelines. Billed charges are written off to charity care; granted in appropriate cases.
Our Self Pay Discount program offers a discount off billed charges, granted after the application process has been completed and approved. Patients do not have third-party coverage, Medi-Cal, or third-party liability coverage.
Our High Medical Cost program offers a discount on accounts after the application process has been completed and approved. Total (Natividad and non-Natividad) medical expenses exceed 10% of family annual income.
How to Apply
We have dedicated financial counseling staff who help our patients apply for our internal programs as well as Medi-Cal, Covered California, and cancer programs. Patients are encouraged to contact the Financial Counseling office (831) 755-4165 to apply for assistance, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Hospital Bill Complaint Program
The Hospital Bill Complaint Program is a state program, which reviews hospital decisions about whether you qualify for help paying your hospital bill. If you believe you were wrongly denied financial assistance, you may file a complaint with the State of California’s Hospital Bill Complaint Program. Go to HospitalBillComplaintProgram.hcai.ca.gov for more information and to file a complaint.
There are free consumer advocacy organizations that will help you understand the billing and payment process. You may call the health Consumer Alliance at 888-804-3536 or go to healthconsumer.org for more information.
Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills
When you get emergency care or are treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from balance billing. In these cases, you shouldn’t be charged more than your plan’s copayments, coinsurance and/or deductible.
Please click on the link below to review Natividad’s Standard Charges.
Natividad Speaks Your Language
All financial information is available in English and Spanish, and interpreters for other languages are available to explain your rights and programs.
ATTENTION: If you need help in your language, call (831) 796-1612 or visit Human Resources. The office is open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday – Friday and located near the Main Lobby. Aids and services for people with disabilities, like documents in braille, large print, audio, and other accessible electronic formats are also available. These services are free.