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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:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
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.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-16-10 6:20 AM