Colorado hospitals are now required to provide discounted care to eligible Coloradans

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 2, 2022

Due to the passage of HB21-1198, Health Care Billing Requirements for Indigent Patients, hospitals in Colorado are now must meet requirements to provide discounted care to eligible Coloradans living at up to 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This law also limits the size of payments that can be charged to eligible patients on a monthly basis, and prohibits hospitals from sending any patient with medical debt to collections unless they have notified and explained the availability of discounted care to the patient. The Colorado Children’s Campaign supported the passage of this legislation in 2021. If a patient is uninsured or asks to be screened, the hospital must check if the patient is qualified for the following: 

  • Public health insurance programs, such as Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program), Emergency Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), or Medicare.  
  • Discounts on the patient’s hospital care. 

Patients are not required to have health insurance to be screened and receive discounted care, and discounts are available regardless of immigration status. Patients with insurance must ask to be screened.  

For more information on this law, check out the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative’s fact sheet. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.