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Legislation would allow Maine hospitals to determine patients' ability to pay

Bangor Daily News, March 28, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — Saying state rules and federal law would soon be in conflict, Maine hospitals are supporting a resolve in the Legislature that could allow hospitals to do an income means test before providing a patient with free or "charity" care. The resolve doesn't allow hospitals to refuse care, but it does allow them to determine if patients without health insurance can pay for all or part of their medical costs based not only on income but also assets. The resolve directs the state's Department of Health and Human Services to make a rule change that permits hospitals to determine a person's ability to pay.