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The Health Safety Net pays for certain medically necessary services provided to qualified low-income patients at Massachusetts community health centers (CHCs) and acute care hospitals. The HSN also pays CHCs and acute care hosptials for medical hardship expenses (when qualifying medical expenses exceed a specified percentage of a family's income), and for some types of bad debt.
This section includes information for patients about qualifying for the HSN, HSN copayments and deductibles, HSN providers, and other important information.
This section includes information for acute care hospitals and community health centers about HSN claims, billing and payments, serious reportable events guidelines, the special circumstances application, and other important information.
For surcharge payers
This section contains information about which entities and individuals are subject to the surcharge, surcharge registration, and other important information.
Effective on October 1, 2017, the Health Safety Net surcharge percentage is 1.56%. This applies to payments made to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers for the period from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018.
Health Safety Net regulations
HSN regulations govern:
Health Safety Net annual reports
This section contains the HSN current and historic annual reports. The Health Safety Net Trust Fund typically issues an annual report that includes the following information: