Hospital Discounted Care

Page Updated: Oct. 13, 2023

CHA Advocacy Principle: Reforms should support affordability through transparency, accountability, and shared responsibility, including from state agencies implementing legislation.

What Has Been Completed:

Origin: House Bill 21-1198, which went into effect Sept. 1, 2022, codifies charity care laws and establishes requirements for how hospitals screen, bill, and collect payments from low-income patients.

Background: The rules govern the process for how hospitals screen, bill, and collect payments from low-income patients. They cover any medically necessary services provided in acute care and critical access hospitals, as well as freestanding emergency departments.

Outstanding Items:

CHA continues to work with members to identify and address operational barriers to success through both the regulatory and legislative process.

Resources: 

Hospital Discounted Care HCPF Contact Information: [email protected]

Meetings/Dates of Note:

    • Every Wednesday: HCPF Office Hours: 9 – 10 a.m. (Zoom link here)
    • Sept. 1: Data reporting template due

CHA Staff Contact: Megan Axelrod, CHA director of regulatory policy and federal affairs, [email protected]