Medical care facilities; designated support persons for persons with disabilities. (HB2162)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Medical care facilities; persons with disabilities; designated support persons. Requires every general hospital, outpatient surgical hospital, or hospice licensed by the Department of Health to allow a person with a disability who requires assistance as a result of such disability to be accompanied by a designated support person at any time during which health care services are provided. The bill defines "person with a disability" and "designated support person"; provides that a designated support person shall not be subject to restrictions on visitation adopted by a medical care facility but may be required to comply with reasonable requirements of the medical care facility adopted to protect the health and safety of patients and staff; and requires medical care facilities to establish policies applicable to designated support persons, make such policies available to the public on a website maintained by the medical care facility, and provide such policies, in writing, to the patient at such time as health care services are provided. Read the Bill »


01/12/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102505D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions


Teresa L Champion writes:

Very Grateful to Delegate Tran for sponsoring this bill and all the work she did on drafting. Many families of children with disabilities don't realize that as they age into adulthood- medical facilities are not likely to let them stay with their loved one when admitted to a medical facility. Many will use their "visitor" policies to exclude family members which puts the individual with a disability at great risk.

we are NOT visitors- we are essential support for someone with a disability.

thank you

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