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Relating to hospital liens.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Under current law, hospitals have a lien on a "cause of action or claim of an individual who receives hospital services for injuries caused by an accident that is attributed to the negligence of another person." HB 2929 would clarify that for the purposes of such a lien to attach, a person is considered admitted to a hospital if the individual is allowed access to any department of the hospital for the provision of any treatment, care, or service to the individual. The bill would also update the amount of a hospital lien to be the lesser of: the amount of the hospital’s charges for services provided during the first 100 days of the injured person's hospitalization or half of all amounts recovered by the injured individual through a cause of action, judgment, or settlement.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 2929 because it does not appear to have a connection to our liberty principles. This bill seems to clarify the intent of the current statute rather than actually create new law regarding the attachment of hospital liens.