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Bill Detail: HB22-1285

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Title Prohibit Collection Hospital Not Disclosing Prices
Status House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/10/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors P. Neville (R)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/08/2022
Summary

The bill prohibits a hospital or other person or entity collecting on
behalf of the hospital from initiating or pursuing collection actions
against a patient or patient guarantor for debt incurred by the patient on

the date or dates of service when the hospital was not in compliance with
federal hospital price transparency laws.
Nothing in the bill:
  • Prohibits a hospital from billing a patient or health insurer
for items or services provided to the patient; or
  • Requires a hospital to refund a payment made to the
hospital for items or services provided to a patient.
A hospital that initiates or pursues a prohibited collection action
is subject to a penalty equal to the amount of the debt and must refund
any amount paid on the debt and pay attorney fees and costs.
The bill makes attempting to collect the debt an unfair practice
under the Colorado Fair Debt Collections Act.
The bill authorizes the department of public health and
environment, in considering a hospital's license renewal application, to
consider whether the hospital is or has been in compliance with federal
hospital price transparency laws.

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