Texas Special District Local Laws Code
Sec. § 1069.116
Payment for Treatment; Procedures


(a)

When a patient who resides in the district is admitted to a district facility, the district administrator may have an inquiry made into the financial circumstances of:

(1)

the patient; and

(2)

the patient’s relatives legally liable for the patient’s support.

(b)

If the district administrator determines that the patient or those relatives cannot pay for all or part of the patient’s care and treatment in the hospital, the amount that cannot be paid becomes a charge against the district.

(c)

If the district administrator determines that the patient or those relatives can pay for all or part of the patient’s care and treatment, the administrator shall issue an order directing the patient or those relatives to pay the district a specified amount during an agreed term for the patient’s care and support. The amount ordered must be proportionate to their financial ability.

(d)

The district administrator may collect the amount from the patient’s estate, or from those relatives legally liable for the patient’s support, in the manner provided by law for the collection of expenses of the last illness of a deceased person.

(e)

If there is a dispute as to the ability to pay, or doubt in the mind of the district administrator, the board shall hold a hearing and, after calling witnesses, shall:

(1)

resolve the dispute or doubt; and

(2)

issue any appropriate order.

(f)

The final order of the board may be appealed to the district court. The substantial evidence rule applies to the appeal.
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 70 (S.B. 1147), Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2013.
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