Financial Assistance

Providing assistance to those in need.

At Palmetto Health, we provide financial assistance primarily to uninsured individuals who have annual incomes that are less than 100% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG), who meet certain asset limits, and who are U.S. citizens residing in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, and Sumter counties.

Individuals who need assistance should complete an application and work with Palmetto Health financial counselors to understand their coverage or financial assistance options. Patients approved for financial assistance will be charged nominal (or small) co-payments for their care.

How to apply

Financial assistance applications can be requested by contacting our Columbia-based financial counselors at 803-296-CARE (2273) or Sumter-based financial counselors at 803-774-8838, by downloading an application online or by requesting an application at any access point.

For assistance with the application process, our financial counselors may be reached by phone or at Main Admissions on the Richland, Baptist and Tuomey campuses.


Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG)

FPG are updated periodically by the Department of Health and Human Services, and financial assistance eligibility will be determined based upon the guidelines in effect at the date of service  Effective as of January 1, 2018, the current FPG are listed below:

Persons in family/household
100% of FPG

1

$12,140

2

$16,460

3

$20,780

4

$25,100

5

$29,420

6

$33,740

7

$38,060

8

$42,328


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