DENVER (CBS4)– A bill moving forward in the state Legislature would help people without health insurance when they end up in the emergency room.

The bill would require hospitals to create a reasonable payment plan for uninsured patients with family incomes below the poverty level.

Policies for the uninsured would also have to be displayed clearly in waiting rooms and in various languages.

The measure would also require hospitals to offer a discounted rate to uninsured patients.

“One of the things having insurance does is it gets for you a negotiated rate. And the better your insurance, the bigger your insurance group, the better rate you get for services,” said Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat representing Denver.

Some hospitals claim the bill would force them to pick up expensive medical bills without being reimbursed.

The legislation heads to the full Senate March 2.

Comments (9)
  1. francesareaves says:

    The first new rule says you HAVE to have insurance. Both my husband and I have pre-existing conditions, and although the new bill says we can’t be denied coverage because of it. So far, the cheapest health insurance we’ve been able to find is called “Penny Health” search for it online if you are pre-existing conditions.

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  4. druid0621 says:

    OK – but every form of public assistance should be stigmatized. People should made to feel shame and be shamed when on the dole. There is no free lunch, and we the taxpayers will be on the hook.

  5. BeKah says:

    druid: The people who should be shamed are the ones who get medical treatment and then disappear — aka illegals. People who are willing to pay but can’t through loss of job, etc., should be applauded. It’s the ones who repeatedly scam the system that cause the most damage. No doubt the ACLU will find fault with this bill and Obama will sue Colorado.

    1. Ted says:

      I agree illegals should be shamed, but I have spent my adult life in healthcare and I can assurey ou they do not feel anything close to shame. They come into the ED everytime they have a butt itch, are defiant and look at the staff with an eff you look in their eyes, demanding everything.

  6. Asodeska says:

    The state should have to pay the hospital bills for people who cannot pay. There is no way they should stick the hospitals with the costs of paying for those without insurance.

  7. BrettMFarrar says:

    Did someone at some in sensitive hospital forget to tell him about “Penny Health”. Also If you aren’t employed and have no means of paying for treatment the hospital will file the form and get reimbursed by medicaid.

  8. preston says:

    This bill would be great if it would help out the ones that needed help, but everybody knows it will be the illegals standing there wanting their free handout.

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