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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Hospital and outpatient surgical center charges. Requires hospitals and ambulatory outpatient surgical centers to: (1) establish a self-pay program that provides reduced cost of care to eligible individuals and alternative payment options to other individuals; (2) provide billing information to patients and the public; and (3) establish an appeal procedure for disputed patient bills. Requires the state department of health to investigate violations of these requirements, and specifies action that may be taken by the state department for a violation.