Carilion Clinic is treating more of the region’s poor for free, in keeping with a new federal law that seeks to expand health care for the needy.
The Roanoke-based health care system said Thursday it is broadening the guidelines that determine who qualifies for financial assistance with their medical bills.
Under the revised “charity care” policy, people who make up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line — $15,000 annually for an individual , $31,000 for a family of four — will qualify for free care.
The previous policy had offered full write-offs for those who made up to 100 percent of the poverty guideline, assuming they were not already covered by public or private insurance.
Carilion is making the change to be consistent with the proposed expansion of Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor and disabled, that is part of the Affordable Care Act.