|Limitations on Charges, Billing, and Collections|
|Ohio limits hospital collection practices.
Ohio law exempts a person’s residence from execution, garnishment, attachment, or sale to satisfy a judgment for money owed for health care services or supplies provided to the person or his/her dependant. The law does not preclude or invalidate the creation of a judgment lien under these circumstances but delays its enforcement until the property is sold or otherwise transferred by the owner. Ohio Rev. Code §2329.66(A)(1)(a). Additionally, hospitals that participate in Ohio’s disproportionate share hospital program (Hospital Care Assurance Program) may not bill individuals for services without meeting specified requirements, including the hospital’s provision of an explanation that low-income individuals may be eligible for services without charge. Ohio Admin. Code 5160-2-07.17(C).