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Greenwich Hospital waives some fees during government shutdown

January 24, 2019

GREENWICH — Greenwich Hospital announced Thursday it will waive some fees for furloughed federal workers and put billing on hold in an effort to ease the financial strain many are facing after a month without pay due to the government shutdown.

The hospital, which is part of Yale New Haven Health, will waive co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance for any furloughed government employees seeking treatment in its emergency departments, urgent cares and walk-in centers.

“The government shutdown is causing extreme hardship for many,” said Vincent Tammaro, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Yale New Haven Health. “We hope that this small measure will help patients continue to seek necessary medical care without having to choose between their health and putting food on the table.”

Yale New Haven Health is offering the same to furloughed patients who show up to emergency departments at all of its hospitals. Co-payments and deductibles on services provided by Northeast Medical Group physicians are also covered. Federal employees must show a work identification badge at the time of service to take advantage of the offer.

Upon request, Yale New Haven Health will also put any outstanding bills on hold for furloughed workers. This is also extended to partners, spouses and dependents of furloughed government employees and will continue to be offered for 30 days after the end of the shutdown.

Any furloughed patient interested in placing their outstanding bills on hold are should call an informational line for help.

Patients from Yale New Haven Health Services at Bridgeport, Greenwich, Yale New Haven, Lawrence and Memorial or Westerly hospitals can call 855-547-4584 and press zero to be connected to a representative. Patients from Yale New Haven Health Services Northeast Medical Group can call 833-288-4400 and select option 4 for more information.