The Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act (Public Act 95-0965) offers discounts and caps hospital bills for uninsured patients in Illinois. Effective 4/1/09, hospital charges to eligible uninsured cannot exceed the costs of the services plus 35 percent. This law also puts an annual cap on the amount of money hospitals can collect for services from eligible uninsured patients to no more than 25 percent of a patient's family income.
The uninsured discount applies to medically necessary hospital services that exceed $300. It does not include physician services.
Each hospital bill, invoice or other summary of charges to an uninsured patient must include a statement of the availability of the uninsured discount and how to apply for consideration.
The Attorney General of Illinois is responsible for administering and ensuring compliance with this law. For further information or if you need help with a dispute over a bill you may contact the Health Care Bureau hotline of the Attorney General's Office at 877-305-5145 (or TTY 800-964-3013) or online at: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/healthcare.html
For Hospital Full Text of the Uninsured Patient Discount Act: http://ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=095-0965&GA=095