Comments: IL SB1840 | 2021-2022 | 102nd General Assembly

Bill Title: Amends the Community Benefits Act. Provides that the community benefits plans developed by a nonprofit hospital must describe activities the hospital is undertaking to address health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve community health. Provides that the annual report for the community benefits plan must include details about specified financial assistance applications received and processed by the hospital. Provides that, for a health system that includes more than one hospital, charity care spending and financial assistance application data must be reported separately for each individual hospital within the health system. Provides that a hospital shall make the annual hospital community benefits plan report submitted to the Attorney General available to the public by publishing the information on the hospital's website in the same location where annual reports are posted or on a prominent location on the homepage of the hospital's website. Provides that a hospital is not required to post its audited financial statements. Requires the Attorney General to provide notice on the Attorney General's website informing the public that, upon request, the Attorney General will provide the annual reports filed with the Attorney General. Makes changes concerning definitions. Makes other changes. Amends the Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act. Provides that a hospital meeting specified requirements shall provide: (1) a discount from its charges to any uninsured patient who applies for a discount and has family income of not more than 600% of the federal poverty income guidelines for all medically necessary health care services exceeding $150 (rather than $300) in any one inpatient admission or outpatient encounter; and (2) a charitable discount of 100% of its charges for all medically necessary health care services exceeding $150 (rather than $300) in any one inpatient admission or outpatient encounter to any uninsured patient who applies for a discount and has family income of not more than 200% of the federal poverty income guideline. Provides that the maximum amount that may be collected in a 12-month period for health care services provided by a hospital from a patient determined by that hospital to be eligible under specified provisions is 20% (rather than 25%) of the patient's family income. Requires hospital financial assistance applications to include language that directs the uninsured patient to contact the hospital's financial counseling department with questions or concerns, along with contact information for the financial counseling department, and a specified statement. Provides that a hospital shall permit an uninsured patient to apply for a discount within 90 (rather than 60) days of the date of discharge or date of service. Provides that a hospital shall offer specified uninsured patients an opportunity to be screened for and assistance with applying for public health insurance programs if there is a reasonable basis to believe that the uninsured patient may be eligible for a public health insurance program. Provides that, no later than September 1, 2022, the Attorney General shall provide data on the Attorney General's website regarding enforcement efforts performed under the Act from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Provides that, no later than September 1 of each year through September 1, 2027, the Attorney General shall annually provide data on the Attorney General's website regarding enforcement efforts performed under the Act from July 1 through June 30 of each year. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2022.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 21-0)

Status: (Enrolled) 2021-06-28 - Sent to the Governor [SB1840 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [HTML]

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