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AB 774 Effective January 1, 2007: Hospitals Must Have Written Charity Care and Discount Policies

October 30, 2006

By Beverly A. Tiffany

On September 29, 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 774, a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Wilma Chan relating to hospital fair pricing policies for uninsured (self-pay) and underinsured patients. The new law adds language to the California Health and Safety Code and applies to all general acute care hospitals.