Financial Assistance



Athens-Limestone Hospital (ALH) is committed to treating patients with dignity and consideration regardless of their financial circumstances. It is the policy of ALH to provide financial assistance in the form of charity care and partial charity care to citizens, who require Medically Necessary care and who are ineligible for Medicaid; have exhausted or limited insurance benefits, and meet household income and asset criteria or Medically Indigence standards. Patients seeking emergent care at ALH shall be treated without regard to their ability to pay for such care.

If you are in need of services at Athens-Limestone Hospital and you are without healthcare coverage or have financial challenges, please print and complete a copy of our Financial Assistance Application or Financial Assistance Application (Spanish) and return the completed application along with the required documentation to our Patient Accounting Department within 7 days.

The Financial Assistance Approval process should be completed by the hospital's financial counselor before services are rendered for non-emergent, elective surgery and/or diagnostic services. If you need assistance you may contact a financial counselor at (256) 233-9158

Financial Assistance

Reduced payment for Medically Necessary services provided by ALH Patients who are uninsured or underinsured for a medically necessary service, who are ineligible for governmental or other insurance coverage, and who have met the financial assistance criteria.

Medically Indigent

Patients who, despite their income, have a low level of liquid assets such that payment or their medical bills would be seriously detrimental to their basic financial well-being and survival

Medically Necessary

Any diagnostic study, procedure or treatment needed to prevent diagnose, correct, cure, alleviate, or prevent worsening of conditions that endanger life, cause suffering or pain, result in illness, treatment to cause or aggravate a handicap, or cause physical deformity or malfunction, if there is no other equally effective, more conservative or less costly course of treatment available

Partial Financial Assistance

Care at a discounted rate for medically necessary services provided by ALH

Uninsured Patient

An individual who does not have any third-party health care coverage from either: (a) a third party insurer, (b) a Federal Health Care Program (including without limitation Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Tricare, (c) Worker's Compensation, (d) other coverage, for any part of the bill, including claims against third parties covered by insurance to which ALH is subrogated, but only if payment is actually made by such insurance company.

Underinsured Patient

An individual who has medical insurance coverage that is limited in the scope of covered services or policy maximums such that his or her medical bills are not fully covered.