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§ 2109. Relief by private persons and hospitals
(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, when a person, including a transient, is injured, suddenly taken sick or lame, or is otherwise disabled and confined to a house or hospital in this State, and is in need of relief, the person at whose house or hospital he or she is shall be at the expense of relieving and supporting the person, until notice in writing of the situation of the person is given to the Department, after which the Department shall provide for the relief and support of the person.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, in the case of a hospital, the notice required in subsection (a) of this section shall be supplemented, as soon as reasonably possible, with a plan or proposed method of collecting from the person for relief and care and other pertinent information requested by the Department. In the case of a person, after giving notice required in subsection (a) of this section, he or she shall file additional information with the Department on a form prescribed by the Commissioner.
(c) The Commissioner may provide by rule for an exemption from the notice and report requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section in the case of a hospital that makes and observes satisfactory arrangements considered adequate by the Commissioner. When so exempted, the provisions of subsection 2110(b) of this chapter shall not apply. (Added 1967, No. 147, § 7, eff. Oct. 1, 1968; amended 1969, No. 126, § 2; 1973, No. 207 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 2013, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 52, eff. May 20, 2014; 2021, No. 20, § 311.)