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Substitute Senate Bill No. 561

Public Act No. 04-46

AN ACT CONCERNING HOSPITAL BILLING PRACTICES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 3 of public act 03-266 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(a) No hospital shall refer to a collection agent, as defined in section [19-509b] 19a-509b, as amended, or initiate an action against an individual patient or such patient's estate to collect fees arising from care provided at a hospital on or after October 1, 2003, unless the hospital has made a determination [that] whether such individual is (1) an uninsured patient, as defined in section 19a-673, as amended, and [is] (2) not eligible for the hospital bed fund.

Approved May 4, 2004