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Employee Emergency Fund

The USA Health Employee Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to employees who face a qualifying emergency.

Applying to the EEF

To apply to the Employee Emergency Fund (EEF), an employee with USA Health should call the Spiritual Care Manager, Chaplain Kim Crawford Meeks, at 251-445-9015 or email Allow 10-15 minutes for prescreening over the phone. If the employee meets the basic eligibility guidelines, the chaplain will schedule an in-person appointment. The employee will be asked to provide documentation of the following:

  • Qualifying emergency
  • Income
  • EEF Intake Form

After this information is received, the case will be presented to the Employee Emergency Fund Committee (EEFC) for final review. The time from application to approval/denial is approximately one week. All assistance received is considered taxable income by the IRS and must be reported as such by USA Health.

Criteria for Consideration

The Employee Emergency Fund Committee considers many criteria and asks many questions regarding each case reviewed. The following is a list of some of the questions considered by the committee:

  • Is the employee experiencing a true qualifying emergency?
  • Has the employee experienced a traumatic event causing a hardship?
  • Does the employee have adequate documentation of financial need?
  • Does the employee meet the income level limit of $52,035 or less per year?
  • Has the employee agreed to one visit with the USA Health Employee Assistance Program Counselor, Fletcher Eaton?
  • Is the applicant a full-time or part-time employee of USA Health?
  • Has the employee experienced a qualifying event: Loss of property due to a traumatic event such as fire, flood, tornado or hurricane?

The following are considered non-qualifying events:

  • Legal fees
  • Medical expenses
  • Automotive repairs and expenses
  • Home repairs and maintenance

Additional Information

Assistance Limits
The maximum amount of assistance that can be awarded to an employee regardless of the situation is $500 during a 12-month period. The maximum lifetime award is two annual maximums, or a total of $1,000.

Employee Resources
In addition to the financial assistance provided through the Employee Emergency Fund, USA Health supports employees through the Spiritual & Pastoral Care Program and the Employee Assistance Program.

USA Health and the Employee Emergency Fund program administers assistance without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.

Supporting the EEF
The Employee Emergency Fund welcomes gifts, which will go directly to helping USA Health employees facing financial emergencies. Click below to make a donation.

Donate to the EEF

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