Advocate Health Care, an ELCA-related Illinois health care system, agreed in January to provide free and discounted care to uninsured patients as part of a preliminary settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by Chicago attorney Tom Geoghegan on behalf of uninsured patients.
The settlement, expected to be final in March, asked for Advocate’s nine hospitals, which relate to the ELCA and the United Church of Christ, to recalculate patient bills and provide up to $3.5 million in total refunds for uninsured patients, based on financial eligibility.
A Jan. 28 press release from Advocate reported that the hospital system had mailed notices of the settlement to 170,000 patients.
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