For patients who do not have insurance coverage, there are alternate funding and payment plan options offered by our hospital. Our hospital staff will work with you to identify the options available to you based on government and hospital rules and regulations.

For more information about our financial assistance programs, call our patient advocates at (713) 527-5439.

Medical Eligibility Program (MEP)

The Medical Eligibility Program is a hospital service provided to you at no cost. You may qualify for government financial assistance programs, which pay for all or part of your hospital and medical expenses. If you are under 21 or over 65 years old, have children in the household, are pregnant, potentially disabled or have been a victim of crime, you may qualify. Our hospital patient advocates will assist you with the application process.

You may qualify for government programs such as:

  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Social security disability
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • County indigent
  • Victims of a Violent Crime Fund

Charity care

Charity care is available to patients who do not have the means to pay for hospital expenses and do not qualify for any government programs. You may qualify for hospital financial assistance if your household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. To be considered for this assistance program, you will be required to provide information on your household finances through a confidential financial application. Documentation will be requested to verify your circumstances in order to determine eligibility. Please contact the Financial Assistance Center at (888) 233-7868, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time for additional information.

Uninsured discount program

Uninsured patients are eligible for our “compact with uninsured” discounts. Our hospital patient advocates will assist you with understanding the rules of eligibility for the uninsured discount program. Additionally, a nonprofit credit counseling service may be available in your area.