Free Care Monitoring Project
Though hospital free care is an essential part of the health care safety net, it often can be hard to find. Since 1999, Community Catalyst has helped advocacy organizations in a number of states train volunteers to find out what information hospitals give the public about the availability of free care. They used their findings to work with hospitals and public officials to ensure that uninsured and underinsured individuals know about, and can access, free care. Free care monitoring led to significant policy changes, and strengthened the organizations involved by engaging new activists, establishing new community collaborations with hospitals, and increasing organizations’ visibility and credibility.
On this page, advocates will find a “how-to” manual and a set of tools to use in launching their own free care monitoring projects.