Wilk Bill to Assist Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Passes Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO –Assemblyman Scott Wilk's, R-Santa Clarita, bill AB 658 would allow providers of health care services to local law enforcement patients to calculate costs for care according to the most recent approved cost-to-charge ratio (CCR) from the Medicare Program, passed unanimously out of Assembly Health Committee.

“This measure will ensure hospitals, like Henry Mayo, receive appropriate payments for services rendered to inmates,” Wilk said. “It is unfair for a non-profit community hospital to be burdened financially due to outdated rates.”

AB 658 would fix a local issue that arose at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Henry Mayo treats hundreds of inmates in their emergency department, but they do not have a contract with local law enforcement. Consequently, the payment they receive for these services is a default rate calculated pursuant to current law.