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HOUSE BILL NO. 170
INTRODUCED BY G. MASOLO
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
AN ACT REVISING THE LAW GOVERNING THE PROVISION OF TREATMENT AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PERSONS NEEDING RENAL TREATMENT; DELETING THE DUTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO PROVIDE TREATMENT; REQUIRING ADOPTION OF RULES PROVIDING STANDARDS FOR FINANCIAL AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS MOST IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE; AMENDING SECTION 50-44-102, MCA; AND PROVIDING A DELAYED EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 50-44-102, MCA, is amended to read:
"50-44-102. Establishment of program. (1) The department of public health and human services shall establish a
program to provide
treatment to persons suffering from chronic renal diseases, including dialysis and other medical
procedures and techniques, that may have a lifesaving effect in the care and treatment of the persons. The department shall
extend financial assistance to persons suffering from chronic renal diseases in obtaining the medical, nursing,
pharmaceutical, and technical services necessary to care for the diseases, including the rental or purchase of home dialysis
equipment and supplies.
(2) The department shall by rule establish standards for determining the amount or duration of financial assistance to be
extended to individuals under this program
in order that treatment is provided to those who are financially unable to obtain
services without causing severe economic imbalance in the family economic unit. The standards must be established
without reference to maximum or minimum income levels. The rules must include standards to ensure that those individuals
most in financial or medical need, or both, are the first to receive financial assistance.
(3) The department is not liable to any person for a failure to provide financial assistance to that person under this section if sufficient funds are not appropriated by the legislature."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2000.
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