Fee Discount Based on Income and Family Size

We make every effort to help our patients get help paying for their health care. We screen all patients for eligibility for Medicaid and assistance programs. We offer a self-pay discount based on family size and income. Patients with private insurance can also apply for help to cover high deductibles.

To qualify for the sliding fee scale for a full year, please bring:

  • Proof of income such as a tax return with W-2 forms and 1099s from the prior tax year; check stubs for the prior month, or a notarized letter from employer or source of support confirming the gross pay of patient or how they are being supported. We have blank letters that you may use.

To qualify for the sliding fee scale for a one-time discount:

A patient may self-disclose their income on an income affidavit form to receive a discount for one visit. To receive an additional discount, patients must bring in proof of income such as tax return from the prior tax year, check stubs for the prior month or a notarized letter from a third party (such as employer, landlord or someone with whom they are not living) stating the patient's income or source of support for living expenses.

You may also qualify for a Self-Pay Discount at UNM Hospitals

You may make an appointment to apply for UNM Care or a Self-Pay Discount at UNM Hospitals. Please call UNMH at 272-2521. Visit the UNM Hospitals Financial Assistance website for complete instructions and a list of required documents.

New health coverage options are available through First Choice

Call the First Choice Outreach Hotline at (505) 452-4049 or stop by  the First Choice Training Center at 1316 Broadway SE between 8-5 to speak with an eligibility specialist or click here to be contacted.

You can also apply for Medicaid online by clicking here. To apply by phone, call 1-855-637-6574.

Open Enrollment for the insurance marketplace begins Nov. 15, 2014 for coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2015. You can apply for health insurance coverage online by going to Healthcare.gov or you can apply by phone by calling the Federal Call Center: 1-800-318-2596 or in person at First Choice.
To find out if you are eligible for a tax subsidy to help pay for insurance, go to BeWellNM.com



Our Patient-Centered Healthcare Home makes you feel welcomed and cared for by a team that:

  • Knows your health history and goals
  • Communicates effectively with you and with each other
  • Gives you appointments when you need them
  • Coordinates the complexity of labs, prescriptions, referrals and insurance

We go the extra mile to help our patients get help paying for their health care.

  • We assist with Medicaid applications
  • We help patients find insurance on the Marketplace
  • We enroll patients in special programs when they are eligible
  • We provide a discount for services based on family size and income

First Choice Community Healthcare is a 501 c3 non-profit, community-based health center system that provides access to quality, patient-centered, comprehensive health care to all people who need it -- regardless of ability to pay. We are a health center grantee under 42 USC 245b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 USC 233 (g)-(n).



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