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Conn Senate Passes Measure Including Hospital Sales Oversight Consumer Protection Provisions

first_img The Associated Press: CT Legislature Approves Hospital Sales Oversight Measure The Connecticut Mirror: Cheat Sheet: What’s In The Big Health Care Bill Conn. Senate Passes Measure Including Hospital Sales Oversight, Consumer Protection Provisions The bill, if it becomes law, would regulate sales of hospitals, establish a statewide medical record exchange and offer greater protections for consumers by requiring greater cost transparency and restricting “surprise billing.” This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img The state Senate unanimously passed a wide-ranging health care bill Monday that could have significant implications for hospitals, insurance companies, doctors and patients. Proponents say it will help control health care costs and improve transparency for patients. Critics say it contains problematic new regulations and could jeopardize the ability of struggling hospitals to find buyers to help them survive. (Levin Becker, 6/1) The Connecticut Senate unanimously passed legislation that brings more oversight of hospital sales and adds consumer protections such as notices of costs for nonemergency services. The Connecticut Hospital Association opposed the legislation, saying it would increase regulations and expand the review process for hospitals seeking state approval for significant changes in health care service. (6/1)last_img read more