LEGISLATION INTRODUCED THAT WOULD MAKE HOSPITALS HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS

A new bill is going to be introduced that will require hospitals to hold one public board meeting a month, a move that would provide members of the community with an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns about care. Senator Brian Stack is making the proposal so that it becomes easier for the public to get answers to questions. Current state law requires hospitals to hold only one public meeting a year.

The proposal would require all hospitals receiving state or federal funding to open their meetings to the public, and hold at least one meeting per month. Under the proposal, all meeting minutes would also be made public. The bill will be formally introduced when the Legislature returns from its budget break in May.