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Delineating charity care and notice requirements without restricting charity care (Jinkins, Harris, Cody)

Revises the definition of "charity care," for purposes of chapter 70.170 RCW regarding health data and charity care, to include "indigent persons when third-party coverage, if any, has been exhausted."

Requires each hospital to post and display notice of charity care availability, and be posted in all languages spoken by more than ten percent of the population of the hospital service area.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE:
Removes the language that clarifies that income for purposes charity care is at the time health care services were provided.

EFFECT OF HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENT:
(1) Clarifies that for purposes of charity care eligibility, income refers to the patient's annual income at the time health care services are rendered, or at the time of application if the application is made within two years of the services, the patient has been making good faith efforts towards the payment of health care services, and the patient demonstrates eligibility for charity care. (2) States that hospitals may consider applications for charity care at any time.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2836&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)