After 10 years, HCA Healthcare will change their charity care policy to be less generous than what Mission now provides.

After 10 years, HCA Healthcare will change their charity care policy to be less generous than what Mission now provides.

The Mission Health Board was given a choice between continuing Mission Health’s current charity care policy or adopting HCA’s charity care policy. The Mission Health Board chose to adopt HCA’s current charity care policy for the first ten years because it is on balance more favorable to patients than Mission’s current policy. The HCA policy provides charity care to those below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and a sliding scale discount with an out-of-pocket cap for those between 200% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, along with interest free payment arrangements.  Importantly, very significant protections are provided in perpetuity – well after the tenth anniversary of closing – as HCA must maintain a policy that is at least as generous as the policy maintained by the then-largest North Carolina nonprofit healthcare system (currently Atrium Health).