PA 15-50—SB 1022

Human Services Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING REQUIREMENTS FOR FACILITIES THAT COMPLETE MEDICARE OR MEDICAID APPLICATIONS FOR PATIENTS

SUMMARY: This act entitles patients of nursing homes, residential care homes, and chronic disease hospitals, or their designated representatives, to receive a copy of any Medicare or Medicaid application completed by such a facility on their behalf. It adds this right to the patients' bill of rights.

Under state and federal law, nursing homes and other such facilities must fully inform patients of their rights and give each patient a copy of a document that lists them (called the “patients' bill of rights”). By law, a facility that negligently deprives a patient of any of these rights is liable to the patient for any resulting injuries. If the deprivation is willful or reckless, the facility may also be assessed for punitive damages.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

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