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Bill Detail: HB23-1218

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Title Health Facility Patient Information Denied Service
Status Governor Signed (05/10/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Public Health
House Sponsors B. Titone (D)
K. Brown (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 02/22/2023

The bill requires the department of public health and environment
(department) to identify health-care services that are or may be subject to
a denial of care in this state and to develop a simple service availability
form to be filled out by a covered entity for the purpose of conveying to
patients and to the public information about health-care services that, for
nonmedical reasons, are not generally available at the covered entity or
that are subject to significant restriction at the covered entity.
The bill defines:
  • Covered entity as a hospital, community clinic, maternity
hospital, freestanding emergency department, or
rehabilitation hospital;
  • Denial of care, in part, as refusal to provide health-care
services for nonmedical reasons; and
  • Nonmedical reasons, in part, as nonclinical criteria, rules,
or policies that restrict health-care professionals and
covered entities from providing health-care services that
the professionals or facilities are authorized or licensed to
The bill includes requirements for the content and format of the
service availability form and requires the department to publish and
maintain on its public-facing website a list of covered entities and the
service availability form for the covered entity.
The bill authorizes the department to update the service availability
form at least biennially. The executive director of the department shall
adopt rules to implement the requirements in the bill and investigate
complaints and assess fines against covered entities that fail to comply
with the requirements in the bill.
The department shall implement a public awareness program that
includes how denial of care may negatively impact health-care access and
quality of care, how denial of care may be avoided, and the impacts of
denial of care on vulnerable people and communities.
A covered entity shall provide patients with the current service
availability form as part of the informed consent process prior to initiating
a health-care service and shall maintain a record of the patient's receipt
of the form. The covered entity shall encourage health-care professionals
with privileges at the covered entity to share the covered entity's service
availability form with a patient when a health-care service is scheduled
at the covered entity.

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