Ill. bill to limit charging of uninsured moves ahead

From Modern Healthcare (requires free subscription)

The Illinois General Assembly is poised to pass a bill that would limit what hospitals could charge and collect from eligible uninsured patients. A bill carrying an amendment dubbed the Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act was passed unanimously by the House and is expected to clear the Senate.

Specifically, hospitals could charge no more than 135% of costs for medically necessary care. To be eligible, the patient would have to be an Illinois resident and make no more than six times the federal poverty level, or half that amount in rural and critical-access areas. The hospital would be barred from collecting more than 25% of a patient’s income each year unless the patient has assets that exceed the income levels described in the eligibility guidelines, not counting a primary residence or retirement funds.

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