Financial Assistance Program

If you don’t have insurance coverage, we offer alternate funding and payment plan options. Tenet Health Central Coast staff will work with you to identify financial assistance programs and insurance options available to you based on government and hospital rules and regulations.

Medical Eligibility Program (MEP) in San Luis Obispo

MEP is a hospital service provided to you at no cost. You may qualify for government programs that pay for all or part of your hospital and medical expenses. If you are under 21 or over 65 years old, have children in the household, are pregnant, potentially disabled or have been a Victim of Crime, you may qualify. Our patient advocates will assist you with the application process.

Government Programs for Which You May Qualify

  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal
  • Temporary Assistance for needy Families
  • Social Security Disability
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • County Indigent
  • Victims of a Violent Crime Fund

Find a Medi-Cal application online.

Charity Care Program Financial Assistance

Charity care is available to patients who don’t have the means to pay for hospital expenses and don’t qualify for any government programs. You may qualify for hospital financial assistance if your household income is below 350 percent of the federal poverty limit or if your annual out of pocket medical costs exceeded 10 percent of your household income in the past 12 months.

To be considered for this assistance program, you’ll be required to provide information on your household finances through a confidential Financial Application. Documentation will be requested to verify your circumstances in order to determine eligibility. Please contact the Financial Assistance Center at (888) 233-7868, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. PST for additional information.

Uninsured Discount Program

Uninsured Patients are eligible for our Compact with Uninsured discounts. Our hospital patient advocates will assist you with understanding the rules of eligibility for the Uninsured Discount Program.

Credit Counseling

A nonprofit credit counseling service may be available in your area. For more information, contact a patient advocate at (805) 546-7629.

Payment Plan Agreements

Tenet Health Central Coast offers a Payment Plan Agreement which provides the ability to spread out payments over time.  

See more about our payment plan agreements.