Committee strips liability protection from 'unrepresented patients' bill

Monday, March 07, 2016

A bill to change the way doctors and hospitals determine treatment for "unrepresented patients" could actually delay treatment and subject health care providers to the threat of greater liability.

As introduced, House Bill 1101 (by Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley) created a cumbersome process for determining treatment for patients for whom to responsible family member or close friend could be found to make health care decisions. The bill originally extended liability protections to physicians who, acting in good faith, make treatment decisions for such a patient.

However, the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee stripped those protections out of the bill before passing it to the full House on a party-line vote.

As a result, CCJL members voted to OPPOSE HB 1101.

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