H. B. 2517
(By Delegate Stalnaker)
February 21, 2005
; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then Government
A BILL to amend and reenact §16-29B-19
of the code of West
Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing that the
health care authority may not set hospital rates for any
hospital licensed to operate one hundred beds or less.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 29B. HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY.
§16-29B-19. Rate-setting powers generally.
(a) The board
shall have has the power: (1) To initiate
reviews and investigations of hospital rates and establish and
approve such the rates; (2) to initiate reviews and investigations
of hospital rates for specific services and the component factors
which determine such rates; (3) to initiate reviews and
investigations of hospital budgets and the specific components of
budgets; and (4) to approve or disapprove hospital rates and
budgets taking into consideration the criteria set forth in section
twenty of this article.
(b) In the interest of promoting the most efficient and
effective use of hospital service, the board may adopt and approve
alternative methods of rate determination. The board may also
adopt methods of charges and payments of an experimental nature
which are in the public interest and consistent with the purpose of
(c) The board shall examine the need for an alternative to the
current rate-setting method as a means of controlling hospital
costs and submit the findings, recommendations and any proposed
drafts of legislation, if necessary, in a report to the legislative
oversight commission on health and human resources accountability
and the Governor on or before the first day of August, one thousand
nine hundred ninety-eight.
(d) Notwithstanding any provision in this article to the
contrary, the board may not set hospital rates for any hospital
licensed to operate one hundred beds or less.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that the Health
Care Authority may not set hospital rates for any hospital licensed
to operate one hundred beds or less.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would