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Hospital Cost Transparency Bill in PA, New Law Hindering Nursing Homes Sales in IA & More

June 18, 2024 (1 min read)

Hospital Cost Transparency Bill Advances in PA

The Pennsylvania House Health Committee approved a bill (HB 2339) that would require hospitals to publish a list of the standard costs for all of their services on their website. It would also prohibit hospitals that fail to do so from collecting medical debt from patients who receive services from the hospital and from reporting that debt to a credit reporting agency. (PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

New IA Law Slowing Sales of Struggling Nursing Homes

Legislation (HF 685) enacted in Iowa last year is making it more difficult for financially struggling nursing homes in the state find buyers, according to a court-appointed receiver for several facilities in that situation. The law allowed the state to require prospective buyers to set up an escrow account with enough funds to keep their acquired facility operating for at least two months, and the receiver said that requirement “has significantly slowed the market for the sale of nursing homes in Iowa.” He noted that in 2021 there were 10 sales, in 2022 there were four sales and last year there was just one, which happened before the new law took effect. (NEWS FROM THE STATES)

GA House Pledges Support for Legislation Protecting IVF

Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns (R) said his chamber will consider legislation to enshrine protection of in vitro fertilization next session, after passing a resolution supporting IVF last session, in response to an Alabama Supreme Court decision that temporarily halted the procedure in that state. Burns’ statement was issued hours after the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, voted to oppose the use of IVF. (ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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