The Miami Herald: Advocates for poor say Jackson Health System bars needy from charity care

The Miami Herald: Advocates for poor say Jackson Health System bars needy from charity care

Jackson Health System offers free and reduced-cost healthcare for those who qualify. But advocacy groups complain the public hospital network is failing to meet legal requirements for charity care.

By Daniel Chang

With a part-time job that pays about $10,000 a year and no health benefits, Jacqueline Samuel of Miami has relied on Jackson Health System, the county’s public hospital network, to manage her chronic kidney disease at reduced rates since last year.

Through Jackson’s charity care program, Samuel said, she was paying about $70 to see a nephrologist each month, $50 for routine blood tests and $22 a month for four prescriptions.

But in June, Samuel failed to renew her membership in the Jackson program — and that’s when the trouble began. Read the full article here. »

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