Hospital and Nursing Home Visitation Act

Summary

An Act to authorize visitation of hospital patients and other health care facility residents.

Hospital and Nursing Home Visitation Act

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE:

NEW SECTION. Section 1. Visitation of patient–Limitations–Restriction–Notice.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, each patient admitted to a hospital may designate one person who shall have an unrestricted privilege to be present while the patient is in the patient’s room. If the attending physician determines that the designated person’s presence is medically or therapeutically contraindicated or otherwise inadvisable, the physician may impose limitations, including the time of day, duration, and frequency of the presence, and may impose requirements, including the wearing of personal protective equipment, which must be provided, without charge, by the hospital.

(2) The privilege afforded by this section may not be terminated, suspended, or waived in the event of a disaster or emergency declaration.

(3) Each hospital shall inform each patient of the privilege granted by this section and shall post information regarding this section in a conspicuous place within the hospital.

NEW SECTION. Section 2. Visitation of resident–Limitations–Restrictions–Notice.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, each resident of an assisted living facility, intermediate care facility, or a skilled nursing facility may designate one person who shall have an unrestricted privilege to be present while the resident is in the resident’s room. If the facility determines that the designated person’s presence is medically or therapeutically contraindicated or otherwise inadvisable, the facility may impose limitations, including the time of day, duration, and frequency of the presence, and may impose requirements, including the wearing of personal protective equipment, which must be provided, without charge, by the facility.

(2) An assisted living facility, intermediate care facility, or a skilled nursing facility may not restrict the designated person from accompanying the resident to a necessary medical or dental appointment.

(3) The privilege afforded by this section may not be terminated, suspended, or waived in the event of a disaster or emergency declaration.

(4) Each assisted living facility, intermediate care facility, or skilled nursing facility shall inform each resident of the privilege granted by this section and shall post information regarding this section in a conspicuous place within the facility.