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If you have health insurance, we will bill your health insurance company when you've given us the information we need. You are responsible to pay the patient portion of the bill after your insurance processes the claim. If your child has Medicaid, Healthy Options or Basic Health Plan/Plus, or if your child is covered by Children's Financial Assistance, our services are covered, and you should not receive bills.
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We will bill your insurance company if you:
Bring all of your insurance cards when you and your child visit Children's so that we can make copies of them. If you do not have the cards when you visit Children's, you can fax us copies, along with your child's full name, at 206-987-5779.
Give us the name and telephone number of your insurance company if you do not have an insurance card.
Please let us know as soon as possible about any changes in your insurance coverage so that we can bill correctly.
It depends on the services your child needs and your insurance benefits. Please check with your insurance company to see if your child's services are covered. Your insurance company can also tell you if you need to get the company's authorization or a referral from your child's primary care provider before your child gets care at Children's.
The benefits on each insurance policy are different. If you have questions about how much you may be responsible for as a co-pay, deductible or co-insurance amount, we recommend that you call your insurance company.
About a week after your child's appointment or discharge from the hospital, you will get a letter from Children's confirming that we have billed your insurance. This is for your information and is not a bill. If we have your insurance information, we will automatically bill your insurance company. Once your insurance company has paid its part of the bill, we will bill you for your part. The time this process takes depends on your insurance company.
Medically necessary services are covered in full, and you should not receive bills.
If you live in Washington, Alaska, Montana or Idaho, our financial specialists can help you find out if you qualify for Children's Financial Assistance. For more information, please see Financial Counseling.
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Seattle Children’s provides healthcare for the special needs of children regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex (gender), sexual orientation or disability. Financial assistance for medically necessary services is based on family income and hospital resources and is provided to children under age 21 whose primary residence is in Washington, Alaska, Montana or Idaho.
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