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Bill Detail: HB20-1425

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Title Hospital Patient Visitation Rights During COVID-19
Status Governor Signed (06/29/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors E. Hooton (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Ginal (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 06/10/2020
Description

The bill specifies that, during the declared disaster emergency
related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a patient admitted to a hospital for
inpatient care may have at least one visitor of the patient's choosing
during the patient's hospital stay. A hospital must have written policies
and procedures regarding the visitation rights of patients, including
policies and procedures setting forth any clinically necessary or

reasonable restriction or limitation that the hospital may need to place on
patient visitation rights and the reasons for the restriction or limitation.
The bill prohibits a hospital from adopting policies or procedures
that prohibit visitation of a patient if the sole reason for the prohibition is
to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, but a hospital may
impose specified requirements and limitations for visitors to reduce the
risk of transmission of COVID-19.

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