SB 0514 Health Facilities—Hospital Medical Debt Act
Solis supports the Health Facilities—Hospital Medical Debt Act. This bill provides protections for economically struggling households seeking hospital care, such as, protecting them from losing their home and their wages because they went to the hospital. This bill places restrictions on how hospitals collect their unpaid debts.
As a result of the pandemic, there is a great loss in jobs, leaving many people without health insurance. Thus, this bill could not come at a more crucial moment.
Although this bill is a vital step towards protecting patients from predatory and unnecessary hospital debt collection practices, it still allows hospitals to sue to collect small amounts of money, which is still burdening people who are already disadvantaged. Therefore, that is why Solis supports reintroducing this provision to further protect people from predatory collection practices.