Capitol Comments Articles
Health Conference Committee Agrees to Further Amendments to Patient Visitation

Hospital Visitation (April 8, 2024) – Late on Friday, the House and Senate Health Conference Committee met. The House agreed to the Senate's suggested changes that would relate to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which did not supersede the change in statute. The new language suggested was:

Nothing in this section shall be construed to:

  1. Supersede any federal law, rules, regulations regarding patient care facilities; or
  2. Prohibit a patient care facility from taking actions necessary to ensure that such patient care facility remains eligible for federal financial participation, federal funds or participation in federal programs, and for reimbursement for services provided in such patient care facility.
    Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the statute book.

The CCR saw a motion to adopt made in the House, which passed on a vote of 109-10. The Senate is likely to take a final vote when it returns for a veto session.