CHAPTER 444

FORMERLY SENATE BILL

NO. 641 AS AMENDED BY

SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AND HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, SUBCHAPTER IV, TITLE 16, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION OF TUBERCULOSIS AND OTHER CHRONIC DISEASES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section I. Amend sections 152 and 154, Title 16, Delaware Code, by striking the said sections in their entirety and by substituting therefor the following new sections 152 and 154:

§ 152. Payment of costs of maintenance

The Division of Physical Health shall pay for the care, treatment and maintenance of all hospitalized patients, who enter the Emily P. Bissell Hospital for the diagnosis, treatment and care of tuberculosis and other chronic diseases amenable to treatment and/or rehabilitation, who, in the discretion of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, need such financial support. Those patients who are required to pay for such care, treatment and maintenance shall make direct payment to the Emily P. Bissell Hospital. Direct payment shall be made to the Emily P. Bissell Hospital by health insurance companies or health benefit payment plans by which any patient has health coverage.

§ 154 Admittance to Emily P. Bissell Hospital

The Division of Physical Health may admit such persons to the institution known as the Emily P. Bissell Hospital, for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and other chronic diseases which are amenable to treatment and/or rehabilitation, in the judgment of the Division may be proper, and may provide for the care, treatment and support of such persons, under such rules and regulations as may be from time to time, established by the Division.