…about the Hill-Burton Act?
The Act provides that hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities that received government money provide free or reduced-cost services to patients.
If you have pending medical debt and are not able to afford it, you can check on the Health Resources and Services Administration website at http://hrsa.gov/gethealthcare/affordable/hillburton/ to see if the facility that provided you the medical services is listed. If they are listed as a Hill-Burton obligated facility, they received government money and must provide free or reduced-cost services to patients in return for the money received.
If you find the facility on their site, you must apply for the free or reduced-cost care. You may still apply after care has been provided and even after a bill has been turned over to a collection agency.