Monday, 26 October 2020 20:04

MI Gov. Signs Bipartisan Business Liability Bills Amid COVID-19 Crisis 

Written by Ken Coleman, Michigan Advance
Michigan Capitol Michigan Capitol Susan J. Demas


House Bills 4459 and 4460, sponsored by Rep. Frank Liberati (R-Allen Park), and House Bill 4991, sponsored by Rep. Roger Hauck (R-Beal City), limits the ability of an out-of-network provider to bill a patient directly for certain emergency costs, rather the provider and the insurer will now settle the disputed charge. The legislation places Michigan among the states leading the charge for consumer protection when it comes to surprise medical billing.  


House Bill 6192, sponsored by Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-Lake Ann), provides extensions for the validity of certain permits, licenses and registrations issued by the Secretary of State. Many of these permits were extended once already to Sept. 30. This second extension makes many permits, licenses and registrations valid until Dec.11.  


Senate Bill 1094, sponsored by Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.), requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to evaluate the operation, efficacy, clinical outcomes and performance of nursing homes throughout the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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