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Bill Detail: HB22-1199

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Title Visitation Requirements Health-care Facilities
Status House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely (03/23/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Public Health
House Sponsors T. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/07/2022
Summary

The bill requires each health-care facility to permit patients and
residents in the health-care facility to receive visitors to the fullest extent
permitted under the least restrictive of any applicable state laws or local
ordinances.
The bill authorizes the department of public health and
environment (department) to issue a warning to a health-care facility if

the department finds that the health-care facility has violated an
applicable state law or local ordinance. The department may fine the
health-care facility for a violation of the state law or local ordinance.
If circumstances require the complete closure of a health-care
facility to visitors, the health-care facility is required to use its best efforts
to develop alternate visitation protocols that would allow visitation to the
greatest extent and as safely as possible.
A health-care facility is required to provide notice of its patient
and resident visitation rights and to allow compassionate care visits.
Notwithstanding other provisions of law to the contrary, each
health-care facility is required to allow compassionate care visits if
specific circumstances apply. A health-care facility may require
compassionate care visitors to pass a health screening and wear personal
protective equipment.

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