Indigent Assistance Program
What is the Indigent Assistance Program?
Indigent Assistance is a program designed to assist qualified Bonner County residents in paying hospital, medical and certain other non-medical costs. It is available only when no other alternative exists and does not supplement any other type of assistance such as Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, private insurance, workman’s compensation, veteran benefits, etc.
Who is eligible for Indigent Assistance?
Residents of Bonner County in need of necessary medical services that do not have income or other resources available sufficient to pay for such services.
How do I apply for Indigent Assistance?
An application and a list of required documents may be obtained at the Bonner County Assistance office. Complete the application and return it to the assistance office. An interview will be scheduled to review your application and the required documents.
When do I need to file my application?
Applications must be filed according to specific timelines:
- Non emergency necessary medical service shall be filed ten (10) days prior to receiving services
- Emergency necessary medical service shall be filed within thirty-one (31) days beginning with the first day of service
- Additional treatment related to a pre approved treatment plan shall be filed ten (10) days prior to receiving services
- A delayed application may be filed up to one hundred eighty (180) days beginning with the first day of service providing that an application or claim to an alternate resource (Medicare, Medicaid, third party insurance, etc) was filed within ninety (90) days beginning with the first day of service.
How much will the Indigent program pay?
Medical payments by the indigent program will not exceed the sum of eleven thousand dollars ($11,000.00) per applicant for any twelve (12) month period. When medical bills exceed this amount, application to the State of Idaho’s Catastrophic Health Care Program will be made by the County Assistance office for payment of the balance.
Non medical payments are limited to a maximum of one (1) incident and two hundred dollars ($200.00) per twelve (12) month period.
What services are not covered by the Indigent program?
- Mental Health Services
- Dental work (except for emergency extraction)
- Elective surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Experimental procedures
- Bone marrow transplant
- Organ transplant
- Normal, uncomplicated pregnancy
- Well baby care
Will I have to pay the Indigent program back?
Yes. The Indigent Program is a reimbursement program. Once the applicant has been approved for assistance, a repayment schedule is approved and formalized in a reimbursement agreement.