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Bill Detail: SB12-134

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Chamber Senate
Title Hospital Payment Assistance Program
House Sponsors C. Acree (R)
Senate Sponsors I. Aguilar (D)

The bill requires each hospital to make available to patients, and to communicate to each patient, information about the hospital's charity program and discount program in a clear and understandable manner and in languages appropriate to its communities. The bill also requires hospitals to offer a discount to each qualified patient. A qualified patient is defined as an uninsured patient who has a family income of not more than 400% of the federal poverty income level and who does not receive a discount through the Colorado indigent care program.

A hospital is prohibited from charging a patient for more than the cost of providing care. The bill requires each hospital to offer to screen each patient for the discount program and any other financial assistance offered by the hospital.

Each hospital is required to offer a payment plan to an eligible patient and to fulfill specific obligations before sending a bill to a collection agency for payment.

Date Introduced 00/00/0000
Amendments out of Committee
Bill News None
House Committee Health and Environment
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Status Governor Action - Signed (05/07/2012)
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