Hospitals; financial assistance for uninsured patient, payment plans. (SB201)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; financial assistance; payment plans. Requires hospitals to make reasonable efforts to screen every uninsured patient, defined in the bill, to determine whether the individual is eligible for medical assistance pursuant to the state plan for medical assistance or for financial assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy and to inform every uninsured patient who receives services at the hospital and who is determined to be eligible for assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy of the option to enter into a payment plan with the hospital. The bill also prohibits hospitals from engaging in extraordinary collection actions to recover a debt for medical services against any patient unless the hospital has made all reasonable efforts to determine whether the patient qualifies for medical assistance pursuant to the state plan for medical assistance or is eligible for financial assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy and requires hospitals to annually report data and information regarding the amount of charity care, discounted care, and financial assistance provided under the hospital's financial assistance policy and the amount of uncollected bad debt. This bill incorporates SB 245 and is identical to HB 1071. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104042D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB201)
02/10/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Committee substitute printed 22106183D-S1
02/10/2022Incorporates SB245 (Hashmi)
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Read second time
02/14/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/14/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22106183D-S1
02/14/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB201S1
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB201S1)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/24/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Committee substitute printed 22107061D-H1
02/24/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB201S1)
02/25/2022Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB201H1)
03/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read second time
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107061D-H1
03/07/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB201H1
03/07/2022Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 39-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2022House insisted on substitute
03/09/2022House requested conference committee
03/10/2022Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Favola, Barker, Newman
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/10/2022Delegates: Orrock, Head, Tran
03/10/2022C Amended by conference committee
03/10/2022Conference substitute printed 22107713D-S2
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/11/2022VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB201S2)
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB201ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB201ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 679 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0679)

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