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Florida Legislature Passes Medical Debt Reform with HB 7089

A judge's wooden gavel is sitting atop the Florida state flag

In Florida, a bill is awaiting the governor’s signature that will significantly impact how healthcare providers are able to recover the funds they are owed. The bill, HB 7089, was introduced in late February and quickly worked its way through the house and senate, receiving the final unanimous yes vote within a short two weeks. If signed by the governor or is not vetoed, it would take effect on July 1, 2024.

Florida bill HB 7089 is aimed specifically at hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and the measures they may take to recover their revenue. Some of the highlights include:

  • Establishes a three-year statute of limitations for action to collect medical debt for services.
  • Provides personal property exemptions from the legal process for medical debts.
  • Requires licensed facilities to post a consumer-friendly list of standard charges on their website.
  • Requires a licensed facility to provide an estimate to the patient and their insurance company.
  • Requires a licensed facility to establish an internal grievance process for patients to dispute charges.
  • Requires health insurers to provide insured with an advanced explanation of benefits for scheduled services.

After unanimously passing both the house and the senate, it is waiting for the governor to sign or veto HB 7089. If no action is taken, it will take effect July 1, 2024.

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