Know Your Rights!

Know Your Rights

Are you or loved one seeking treatment at John Hopkins?

Did you know that you could qualify for free or reduced-cost care?

Hopkins receives millions of dollars from the state of Maryland every year to provide free or reduced-cost care to low and moderate-income patients. Patients whose family income falls below certain levels have a legal right under Maryland law to financial assistance, called charity care, that pays for all or part of their medical bills. In the past Hopkins has made it difficult for patients to access this assistance. This brochure will ensure that you know your rights and receive the charity care and financial assistance you and your family members may have a right to.


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National Nurses United
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The Coalition for a Humane Hopkins will hold a rally in front of City Hall Thursday, Dec. 19, calling on Mayor Young to reopen and renegotiate the city’s 2016 “Non-profit Assessment Agreement” with 15 of Baltimore’s major non-profit hospitals, colleges and universities, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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National Nurses United
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National Nurses United
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