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

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; financial assistance; payment plans. Requires hospitals to screen every uninsured patient, defined in the bill, to determine the patient's household income and whether the individual is eligible for financial assistance under the hospital's financial assistance plan; provides that no hospital shall require any uninsured patient who is eligible for financial assistance under the hospital's financial assistance plan and determined to have a household income that is less than or equal to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to pay any amount for emergency medical care; requires every hospital to make a payment plan available for every uninsured patient who is determined to be eligible for financial assistance pursuant to the hospital's financial assistance plan and caps such payment at four percent of the patient's monthly household income; prohibits hospitals from engaging in extraordinary collection actions against an uninsured patient who owes a debt for medical services or the estate of a deceased person; and requires hospitals to report data and information regarding charity care, discounted care, and financial assistance provided under the hospital's financial assistance policy to the nonprofit organization with which the Department of Health has entered into a contract for the compilation, storage, analysis, and evaluation of data. Read the Bill »


01/10/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104042D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education and Health committee on 01/24/2022. It meets on Thursday, 8:30 A.M.—Senate Room B.

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