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financial assistance

Dayton Children's is a not-for-profit hospital, which cares for all children regardless of financial circumstances. We are committed to working with families to help you pay your medical bills. You can apply for financial assistance before, during or after your child receives care at Dayton Children's.

For families that qualify, Dayton Children’s offers:

  • Financial aid for Dayton Children’s health care bills.
  • Assistance by trained financial counselors, including help filing for Medicaid, HCAP and State Child Health Insurance Plans.
  • 100 percent financial aid, also known as charity care

Dayton Children’s will not discriminate against any person receiving health services because of his/her inability to pay for services, or because payment for the health services will be made under a financial assistance program. If the family or patient is not eligible for a financial assistance programs they may still qualify for a discount on self-pay charges, or they may be able to work with patient accounts to pay any outstanding balances through such activities as setting up a payment plan, etc.

For additional information please read our financial assistance policy

applying for assistance

The first step to see what assistance you may qualify for is to either fill out a Dayton Children’s financial assistance application or contact Dayton Children’s business office at 937- 641-3555 or toll-free for Ohio residents only at 1-800-228-4594. After the financial assistance application is completed that data will be used to determine what programs the patient might be eligible for.

Things to know:

  • Dayton Children’s provides financial assistance to individuals and families with income at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • The financial assistance application can be completed before, during or after your child receives care at Dayton Children’s.
  • Completed applications can be returned in person to the cashier’s office at the main campus or mail to:

Dayton Children’s Hospital
Patient Accounts Department
One Children’s Plaza
Dayton, Ohio 45404.

Federal poverty levels

  • The financial assistance application uses federal poverty levels compared with family size and income to determine the level of eligibility for financial assistance.
  • Dayton Children’s may also use the federal poverty guideline rates as a basis for calculating discounts or Dayton Children’s may use an average percentage of negotiated rates for families that qualify for financial assistance to help determine the amount owed. There are also other ways to become eligible for financial assistance other than just using family size and income, such as a child’s medical diagnosis.

2018 federal poverty levels (FPL)


programs available

  • Children's Buy-in Health Care Program. For families with income over 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Families need to meet certain criteria and there are monthly insurance premiums for each child enrolled.
  • Montgomery County Human Services Levy. This is available to Montgomery County residents only. It provides assistance for residents with overwhelming medical bills.
  • Ohio Medicaid and Healthy Start. These programs provide assistance with medical bills for families whose income falls at or below the 200 percent of the federal poverty level (currently $50,200 for a family of four)
  • Ohio BCMH (Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps). This State program provides coverage for children with specific illnesses, such as cancer.
  • Ohio Care Assurance Program provides free care for any Ohio resident whose income falls below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • Dayton Children's provides financial assistance to qualified low-income families with large hospital bills.


Dayton Children’s will attempt reasonable efforts to contact a family regarding their medical expenses before referring their account to a collection agency. These efforts include contact via both phone and mail. Following these collection efforts, if a family has not contacted Dayton children’s regarding any outstanding balances; the account may be referred to an outside collection agency.

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For questions on medical bills, families can email us or call our billing representatives Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at 937-641-3555 or toll-free at 1-800-228-4594 (Ohio only).

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