On February 10, 2014, CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) is proud to share a tool providers and policymakers may find useful when considering billing in STD clinics. The Insurance Billing for Sensitive Health Services: Statutory and Regulatory Analysis using LawAtlas is a DSTDP-funded project by Temple University’s Public Health Law Research (PHLR) group that investigated state-level legal barriers to STD clinics (and other public clinics) billing third parties for services.
For this project, the specific areas of law researched included:
- explicit prohibitions on billing (including whether these clinics are required to offer “free” care);
- laws providing clinic and provider immunity from legal liability which is conditioned upon services provided being free; and
- laws requiring revenues collected by state agencies (e.g., STD clinics) to be transferred to the state treasury.
The report Insurance Billing for Sensitive Health Services: Statutory and Regulatory Analysis using LawAtlas can be read on the PHLR website.