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H.B. 110

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM by lerror. -->              1     

COUNTY JAIL INMATE MEDICAL COSTS

             2     
2010 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Jon J. Greiner

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies charges to counties relating to the costs of medical care for persons
             10      detained in a county jail.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a county will pay for the medical needs of a person charged with or
             14      convicted of a criminal offense and committed to the county jail, to the extent that
             15      the expenses exceed any private insurance in effect that covers those expenses;
             16          .    provides that the county may seek reimbursement for the costs of medical care,
             17      treatment, hospitalization, and related transportation from an inmate who has
             18      resources or the ability to pay for expenses incurred by the county in behalf of the
             19      inmate by:
             20              .    deducting the costs from the inmate's cash account on deposit with the jail
             20a      H. during the inmate's incarceration or during a subsequent incarceration if the subsequent
             20b      incarceration occurs within the same county and the incarceration is within three years of the
             20c      date of the expense in behalf of the inmate .H ; or
             21              .    placing a lien against the inmate's personal property H. [ , to provide payment in the
             22      event funds become available at a later time
] held by the jail .H
;
             23      H. [     .    provides that an existing lien may be carried over to a subsequent incarceration of
             24      the same inmate if the subsequent incarceration takes place within the county
             25      originating the lien and the future incarceration takes place within three years of the
             26      date the lien was placed against the prisoner's personal property;
] .H
and
             27          .    requires an inmate who receives medical care, treatment, hospitalization, or related


             28      transportation to cooperate with the jail facility seeking reimbursement for expenses incurred
             29      by the county for the inmate.
             30      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             31          None
             32      Other Special Clauses:
             33          None
             34      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             35      AMENDS:
             36          17-50-319, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 155
             37          63G-2-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 246
             38     
             39      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             40          Section 1. Section 17-50-319 is amended to read:
             41           17-50-319. County charges enumerated.
             42          (1) County charges are:
             43          (a) those incurred against the county by any law;
             44          (b) the necessary expenses of the county attorney or district attorney incurred in
             45      criminal cases arising in the county, and all other expenses necessarily incurred by the county
             46      or district attorney in the prosecution of criminal cases, except jury and witness fees;
             47          (c) the medical needs and other expenses necessarily incurred in the support of persons
             48      charged with or convicted of a criminal offense and committed to the county jail, except as
             49      provided in Subsection (2);
             50          (d) for a county not within the state district court administrative system, the sum
             51      required by law to be paid jurors in civil cases;
             52          (e) all charges and accounts for services rendered by any justice court judge for
             53      services in the trial and examination of persons charged with a criminal offense not otherwise
             54      provided for by law;
             55          (f) the contingent expenses necessarily incurred for the use and benefit of the county;
             56          (g) every other sum directed by law to be raised for any county purposes under the
             57      direction of the county legislative body or declared a county charge;
             58          (h) the fees of constables for services rendered in criminal cases;


             59          (i) the necessary expenses of the sheriff and deputies incurred in civil and criminal
             60      cases arising in the county, and all other expenses necessarily incurred by the sheriff and
             61      deputies in performing the duties imposed upon them by law;
             62          (j) the sums required by law to be paid by the county to jurors and witnesses serving at
             63      inquests and in criminal cases in justice courts; and
             64          (k) subject to Subsection (2), expenses incurred by a health care facility or provider in
             65      providing medical services, treatment, hospitalization, or related transportation, at the request
             66      of a county sheriff for [existing conditions of]:
             67          (i) persons booked into a county jail on a charge of a criminal offense; or
             68          (ii) persons convicted of a criminal offense and committed to a county jail.
             69          (2) (a) Expenses described in [Subsection] Subsections (1)(c) and (1)(k) are a [county]
             70      charge to the county only to the extent that they exceed any private insurance in effect that
             71      covers those expenses.
             72          (b) Subject to the priorities for payment under Subsection 64-13-30 (1), the county may
             73      collect costs of medical care, treatment, hospitalization, and related transportation provided to
             74      the person described in Subsection (1)(k) who has the resources or the ability to pay.
             75          (c) A county may seek reimbursement from a person described in Subsection (1)(k) for
             76      expenses incurred by the county in behalf of the inmate for medical care, treatment,
             77      hospitalization, or related transportation by:
             78          (i) deducting the cost from the inmate's cash account on deposit with the detention
             79      facility during the inmate's incarceration or during a subsequent incarceration if the subsequent
             80      incarceration occurs within the same county and the incarceration is within three years of the
             81      date of the expense in behalf of the inmate; or
             82          (ii) placing a lien for the amount of the expense against the inmate's personal property H. [ ,
             83      to provide reimbursement in the event funds become available at a later time.
] held by the jail. .H

             84          (d) An inmate who receives medical care, treatment, hospitalization, or related
             85      transportation shall cooperate with the jail facility seeking payment or reimbursement under
             86      this section for the inmate's expenses.
             87          [(b)] (e) If there is no contract between a county jail and a health care facility or
             88      provider that establishes a fee schedule for medical services rendered, expenses under
             89      Subsection (1)(k) shall be commensurate with:


             90          (i) for a health care facility, the current noncapitated state Medicaid rates; and
             91          (ii) for a health care provider, 65% of the amount that would be paid to the health care
             92      provider:
             93          (A) under the Public Employees' Benefit and Insurance Program, created in Section
             94      49-20-103 ; and
             95          (B) if the person receiving the medical service were a covered employee under the
             96      Public Employees' Benefit and Insurance Program.
             97          [(c)] (f) Subsection (1)(k) does not apply to expenses of a person held at the jail at the
             98      request of an agency of the United States.
             99          [(d)] (g) A county that receives information from the Public Employees' Benefit and
             100      Insurance Program to enable the county to calculate the amount to be paid to a health care
             101      provider under Subsection (2)[(b)](e)(ii) shall keep that information confidential.
             102          Section 2. Section 63G-2-103 is amended to read:
             103           63G-2-103. Definitions.
             104          As used in this chapter:
             105          (1) "Audit" means:
             106          (a) a systematic examination of financial, management, program, and related records
             107      for the purpose of determining the fair presentation of financial statements, adequacy of
             108      internal controls, or compliance with laws and regulations; or
             109          (b) a systematic examination of program procedures and operations for the purpose of
             110      determining their effectiveness, economy, efficiency, and compliance with statutes and
             111      regulations.
             112          (2) "Chronological logs" mean the regular and customary summary records of law
             113      enforcement agencies and other public safety agencies that show:
             114          (a) the time and general nature of police, fire, and paramedic calls made to the agency;
             115      and
             116          (b) any arrests or jail bookings made by the agency.
             117          (3) "Classification," "classify," and their derivative forms mean determining whether a
             118      record series, record, or information within a record is public, private, controlled, protected, or
             119      exempt from disclosure under Subsection 63G-2-201 (3)(b).
             120          (4) (a) "Computer program" means:


             121          (i) a series of instructions or statements that permit the functioning of a computer
             122      system in a manner designed to provide storage, retrieval, and manipulation of data from the
             123      computer system; and
             124          (ii) any associated documentation and source material that explain how to operate the
             125      computer program.
             126          (b) "Computer program" does not mean:
             127          (i) the original data, including numbers, text, voice, graphics, and images;
             128          (ii) analysis, compilation, and other manipulated forms of the original data produced by
             129      use of the program; or
             130          (iii) the mathematical or statistical formulas, excluding the underlying mathematical
             131      algorithms contained in the program, that would be used if the manipulated forms of the
             132      original data were to be produced manually.
             133          (5) (a) "Contractor" means:
             134          (i) any person who contracts with a governmental entity to provide goods or services
             135      directly to a governmental entity; or
             136          (ii) any private, nonprofit organization that receives funds from a governmental entity.
             137          (b) "Contractor" does not mean a private provider.
             138          (6) "Controlled record" means a record containing data on individuals that is controlled
             139      as provided by Section 63G-2-304 .
             140          (7) "Designation," "designate," and their derivative forms mean indicating, based on a
             141      governmental entity's familiarity with a record series or based on a governmental entity's
             142      review of a reasonable sample of a record series, the primary classification that a majority of
             143      records in a record series would be given if classified and the classification that other records
             144      typically present in the record series would be given if classified.
             145          (8) "Elected official" means each person elected to a state office, county office,
             146      municipal office, school board or school district office, local district office, or special service
             147      district office, but does not include judges.
             148          (9) "Explosive" means a chemical compound, device, or mixture:
             149          (a) commonly used or intended for the purpose of producing an explosion; and
             150          (b) that contains oxidizing or combustive units or other ingredients in proportions,
             151      quantities, or packing so that:


             152          (i) an ignition by fire, friction, concussion, percussion, or detonator of any part of the
             153      compound or mixture may cause a sudden generation of highly heated gases; and
             154          (ii) the resultant gaseous pressures are capable of:
             155          (A) producing destructive effects on contiguous objects; or
             156          (B) causing death or serious bodily injury.
             157          (10) "Government audit agency" means any governmental entity that conducts an audit.
             158          (11) (a) "Governmental entity" means:
             159          (i) executive department agencies of the state, the offices of the governor, lieutenant
             160      governor, state auditor, attorney general, and state treasurer, the Board of Pardons and Parole,
             161      the Board of Examiners, the National Guard, the Career Service Review Board, the State Board
             162      of Education, the State Board of Regents, and the State Archives;
             163          (ii) the Office of the Legislative Auditor General, Office of the Legislative Fiscal
             164      Analyst, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, the Legislature, and legislative
             165      committees, except any political party, group, caucus, or rules or sifting committee of the
             166      Legislature;
             167          (iii) courts, the Judicial Council, the Office of the Court Administrator, and similar
             168      administrative units in the judicial branch;
             169          (iv) any state-funded institution of higher education or public education; or
             170          (v) any political subdivision of the state, but, if a political subdivision has adopted an
             171      ordinance or a policy relating to information practices pursuant to Section 63G-2-701 , this
             172      chapter shall apply to the political subdivision to the extent specified in Section 63G-2-701 or
             173      as specified in any other section of this chapter that specifically refers to political subdivisions.
             174          (b) "Governmental entity" also means every office, agency, board, bureau, committee,
             175      department, advisory board, or commission of an entity listed in Subsection (11)(a) that is
             176      funded or established by the government to carry out the public's business.
             177          (12) "Gross compensation" means every form of remuneration payable for a given
             178      period to an individual for services provided including salaries, commissions, vacation pay,
             179      severance pay, bonuses, and any board, rent, housing, lodging, payments in kind, and any
             180      similar benefit received from the individual's employer.
             181          (13) "Individual" means a human being.
             182          (14) (a) "Initial contact report" means an initial written or recorded report, however


             183      titled, prepared by peace officers engaged in public patrol or response duties describing official
             184      actions initially taken in response to either a public complaint about or the discovery of an
             185      apparent violation of law, which report may describe:
             186          (i) the date, time, location, and nature of the complaint, the incident, or offense;
             187          (ii) names of victims;
             188          (iii) the nature or general scope of the agency's initial actions taken in response to the
             189      incident;
             190          (iv) the general nature of any injuries or estimate of damages sustained in the incident;
             191          (v) the name, address, and other identifying information about any person arrested or
             192      charged in connection with the incident; or
             193          (vi) the identity of the public safety personnel, except undercover personnel, or
             194      prosecuting attorney involved in responding to the initial incident.
             195          (b) Initial contact reports do not include follow-up or investigative reports prepared
             196      after the initial contact report. However, if the information specified in Subsection (14)(a)
             197      appears in follow-up or investigative reports, it may only be treated confidentially if it is
             198      private, controlled, protected, or exempt from disclosure under Subsection 63G-2-201 (3)(b).
             199          (15) "Legislative body" means the Legislature.
             200          (16) "Notice of compliance" means a statement confirming that a governmental entity
             201      has complied with a records committee order.
             202          (17) "Person" means:
             203          (a) an individual;
             204          (b) a nonprofit or profit corporation;
             205          (c) a partnership;
             206          (d) a sole proprietorship;
             207          (e) other type of business organization; or
             208          (f) any combination acting in concert with one another.
             209          (18) "Private provider" means any person who contracts with a governmental entity to
             210      provide services directly to the public.
             211          (19) "Private record" means a record containing data on individuals that is private as
             212      provided by Section 63G-2-302 .
             213          (20) "Protected record" means a record that is classified protected as provided by


             214      Section 63G-2-305 .
             215          (21) "Public record" means a record that is not private, controlled, or protected and that
             216      is not exempt from disclosure as provided in Subsection 63G-2-201 (3)(b).
             217          (22) (a) "Record" means a book, letter, document, paper, map, plan, photograph, film,
             218      card, tape, recording, electronic data, or other documentary material regardless of physical form
             219      or characteristics:
             220          (i) that is prepared, owned, received, or retained by a governmental entity or political
             221      subdivision; and
             222          (ii) where all of the information in the original is reproducible by photocopy or other
             223      mechanical or electronic means.
             224          (b) "Record" does not mean:
             225          (i) a personal note or personal communication prepared or received by an employee or
             226      officer of a governmental entity in the employee's or officer's private capacity;
             227          (ii) a temporary draft or similar material prepared for the originator's personal use or
             228      prepared by the originator for the personal use of an individual for whom the originator is
             229      working;
             230          (iii) material that is legally owned by an individual in the individual's private capacity;
             231          (iv) material to which access is limited by the laws of copyright or patent unless the
             232      copyright or patent is owned by a governmental entity or political subdivision;
             233          (v) proprietary software;
             234          (vi) junk mail or a commercial publication received by a governmental entity or an
             235      official or employee of a governmental entity;
             236          (vii) a book that is cataloged, indexed, or inventoried and contained in the collections
             237      of a library open to the public;
             238          (viii) material that is cataloged, indexed, or inventoried and contained in the collections
             239      of a library open to the public, regardless of physical form or characteristics of the material;
             240          (ix) a daily calendar or other personal note prepared by the originator for the
             241      originator's personal use or for the personal use of an individual for whom the originator is
             242      working;
             243          (x) a computer program that is developed or purchased by or for any governmental
             244      entity for its own use;


             245          (xi) a note or internal memorandum prepared as part of the deliberative process by:
             246          (A) a member of the judiciary;
             247          (B) an administrative law judge;
             248          (C) a member of the Board of Pardons and Parole; or
             249          (D) a member of any other body charged by law with performing a quasi-judicial
             250      function;
             251          (xii) a telephone number or similar code used to access a mobile communication
             252      device that is used by an employee or officer of a governmental entity, provided that the
             253      employee or officer of the governmental entity has designated at least one business telephone
             254      number that is a public record as provided in Section 63G-2-301 ;
             255          (xiii) information provided by the Public Employees' Benefit and Insurance Program,
             256      created in Section 49-20-103 , to a county to enable the county to calculate the amount to be
             257      paid to a health care provider under Subsection 17-50-319 (2)[(b)](e)(ii); or
             258          (xiv) information that an owner of unimproved property provides to a local entity as
             259      provided in Section 11-42-205 .
             260          (23) "Record series" means a group of records that may be treated as a unit for
             261      purposes of designation, description, management, or disposition.
             262          (24) "Records committee" means the State Records Committee created in Section
             263      63G-2-501 .
             264          (25) "Records officer" means the individual appointed by the chief administrative
             265      officer of each governmental entity, or the political subdivision to work with state archives in
             266      the care, maintenance, scheduling, designation, classification, disposal, and preservation of
             267      records.
             268          (26) "Schedule," "scheduling," and their derivative forms mean the process of
             269      specifying the length of time each record series should be retained by a governmental entity for
             270      administrative, legal, fiscal, or historical purposes and when each record series should be
             271      transferred to the state archives or destroyed.
             272          (27) "Sponsored research" means research, training, and other sponsored activities as
             273      defined by the federal Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget:
             274          (a) conducted:
             275          (i) by an institution within the state system of higher education defined in Section


             276      53B-1-102 ; and
             277          (ii) through an office responsible for sponsored projects or programs; and
             278          (b) funded or otherwise supported by an external:
             279          (i) person that is not created or controlled by the institution within the state system of
             280      higher education; or
             281          (ii) federal, state, or local governmental entity.
             282          (28) "State archives" means the Division of Archives and Records Service created in
             283      Section 63A-12-101 .
             284          (29) "State archivist" means the director of the state archives.
             285          (30) "Summary data" means statistical records and compilations that contain data
             286      derived from private, controlled, or protected information but that do not disclose private,
             287      controlled, or protected information.




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