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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2981         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1040

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Aaron Michlewitz

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to prohibition on public-private cost shift .

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Aaron Michlewitz

3rd Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2981        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1040

By Mr. Michlewitz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1040) of Aaron Michlewitz that it shall be an unfair business trade practice for health care providers to attempt to recoup unreimbursed amounts paid by government payors by increasing charges to other nongovernmental payors.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to prohibition on public-private cost shift .
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 12C of the General Laws is hereby amended by after section 22 inserting the following new section:

              23: Contracting Rights of Private Payors- Unfair Methods of Competition and Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices in the Conduct of Health Care Providers

              It shall be an unfair business trade practice for any health care provider to attempt to recoup any unreimbursed amounts paid by government payors by increasing charges to other nongovernmental payors. Violations of this section shall be subject to enforcement by the office of the attorney general.

              The center shall monitor health care provider charges to ensure compliance with this section and shall report any non-compliance to the attorney general.  The center for health information and analysis in cooperation with the office of the attorney general shall promulgate regulations enforcing this subsection, which shall include penalties for noncompliance. 

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