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Minnesota law kicks in requiring hospitals to bolster charity care checks prior to debt collections

Hospitals in Minnesota are now required to check patients’ eligibility for financial assistance before referring their medical debt for collections, according to a law that took effect this week. The law also caps charges for uninsured patients in households earning below $125,000 annually and mandates hospitals to publish their financial aid details online. The law was introduced after some major nonprofits, including Mayo Clinic and Allina Health, were accused of skirting care duties by suing and temporarily refusing care to low-income, indebted patients.

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