The Catholic Health Heathcare Assistance Program allows persons to receive medically necessary services at no charge or reduced charge, if they are eligible, at Catholic Health facilities. It is not an insurance program.
HAP covers the cost of healthcare "forgiven" by Catholic Health hospitals and services for people who are unable (through private payment, employer payment, or public aid) to pay for healthcare services, or people unable to get healthcare because of limited resources, inadequate education, or discrimination. This program does not apply to Catholic Health long-term care and home care programs.
Click here to download the full Catholic Health Uninsured Expected Payment and Healthcare Assistance Policy.
Click here to download Attachments C and D.
HAP is primarily for Erie and Niagara county residents. Residents of other counties may participate if a similar program is not available in their area. Participants must meet the program’s income requirements, and have savings and/or investments under certain amounts set by Catholic Health. These requirements are based on poverty guidelines and change each year. Copies of these guidelines can be obtained by calling a Catholic Health financial counseling representative at (716) 601-3600. These guidelines can also be found in all hospital admissions areas.
You are NOT eligible if:
The Catholic Health Healthcare Assistance Program does have limits to what it will cover. HAP will not cover:
If you would like additional information about our Healthcare Assistance Program or would like to begin the application process, please call (716) 601-3600.