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H.B. 421





Chief Sponsor: Bradley G. Last

Senate Sponsor: Daniel R. Liljenquist

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah Health Code to allow hospitals to obtain financial
             10      information of a patient from a bank or other financial institution when determining
             11      Medicaid eligibility of a patient.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires a bank to release financial records to a hospital when determining whether
             15      a patient qualifies for Medicaid; and
             16          .    specifies the information the bank shall receive before releasing financial records.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      ENACTS:
             23          26-18-3.2, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 26-18-3.2 is enacted to read:
             27          26-18-3.2. Release of financial information.

             28          (1) (a) Upon request from a hospital, or a designated agent of a hospital, a bank or
             29      other financial institution shall provide the hospital, or the designated agent of the hospital,
             30      financial records of a patient upon the receipt of a notarized document that includes the
             31      following patient information:
             32          (i) name;
             33          (ii) address;
             34          (iii) Social Security number; and
             35          (iv) patient permission to release the information required by this Subsection (1) to the
             36      bank or financial institution.
             37          (b) The document required by this Subsection (1) shall be signed by the patient and
             38      acknowledged by a notary public.
             39          (2) A hospital, or a designated agent of the hospital, may only request the information
             40      required under Subsection (1), if the hospital or the agent of the hospital:
             41          (a) determines that the patient has no ability to pay;
             42          (b) is not able to independently determine eligibility for Medicaid qualification for the
             43      patient; and
             44          (c) has received adequate documentation from the patient, such as a valid driver license
             45      or passport, to verify the identity of the patient.

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    as of 2-16-10 6:20 AM

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