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Hill-Burton Act provides Free or Reduced Cost Health Care to Qualified Patients

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Immediately following World War II, Congress sought to modernize hospitals, nursing homes and neighborhood clinics by providing grants and loans for badly needed construction. In 1946, Sens. Lister Hill and Harold Burton sponsored PL79-725, the Hospital Survey and Construction Act. Upon enactment of this legislation, the federal government commenced a program for providing grants for major health facility construction programs.

In exchange, facilities agreed to provide medical services to persons unable to pay. The medical services were made available to all persons residing in the area of the medical facility. Today, nearly 200 health care facilities nationwide are obligated to provide free or reduced cost care to thousands of patients.

The steps to apply for the Hill-Burton covered services are simple. First, you must find a Hill-Burton facility near you from a list of obligated facilities. Next, go to the facility business office or admissions and state that you need free or reduced cost care. The office will explain the application procedure and the services offered by the medical facility in accordance with Hill-Burton’s provisions. Essentially, the facility will provide you with free or reduced cost medical/dental or even nursing home services in exchange for forgiveness of their mortgage debt obligation. So, both parties benefit from the program.

Hill-Burton medical facilities are chartered to provide a specific amount of free/reduced cost care yearly. Obligated medical facilities publish an allocation plan annually. The allocation plan includes the income criteria for individuals and families, as well as the types and amounts of services the facility intends to provide at little or no cost. There are no obligated facilities in the following states: Alaska, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Hill-Burton medical facilities are required to post a notice in their admissions and/or emergency room that says: “NOTICE – Medical Care for Those Who Cannot Afford to Pay. In addition, each facility must provide a written statement listing the types of qualifying services available under Hill-Burton, the qualifying income levels for care and how long the facility may take in making the eligibility determination. The Hill Burton Hotline is 1-800-638-0742.

To qualify for Hill-Burton eligibility determination, the patient must have lived in the U.S. for at least three months. Hill-Burton assistance can be provided for an uninsured relative or friend, as long as eligibility requirements have been met.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.