Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Hospital Discriminatory Pricing Act. Prohibits a hospital that has provided health care services to an uninsured patient from collecting more from the uninsured patient than the Medicare reimbursement rate. Requires each hospital bill, invoice, or other summary of charges to prominently state the listed information concerning the rates charged. Requires the Office of the Attorney General to provide copies of any complaints filed by patients under the Act to the Department of Public Health. Provides for civil remedies for violations of the Act. Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act to make any violation of the Hospital Discriminatory Pricing Act an unlawful practice under the Act. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Adds ambulatory or inpatient supplies provided by a hospital to the definition of "health care services". Provides that a hospital may not collect from an uninsured patient more than 110% of the Medicare reimbursement rate (rather than just the amount of the Medicare reimbursement rate). Provides that the hospital bill, invoice, or summary of charges, where a determination of insurance coverage has not been made, (instead of all bills, invoices, or summaries of charges) shall have the listed statement. Removes language requiring the Attorney General to provide copies of any filed complaints to the Department of Public Health. Exempts hospitals that do not charge for their services from the provisions of the Hospital Discriminatory Pricing Act. Changes the effective date from "upon becoming law" to January 1, 2008.
State Mandates Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
In the opinion of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, HB 684 (H-AM 1) does not create a State mandate under the State Mandates Act.
Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Public Health)
HB 684 (H-AM 1) will result in no fiscal impact upon the Illinois Department of Public Health.