255.26  Expenses--how paid--action to reimburse county.

Warrants issued under section 255.25 shall be promptly drawn on the treasurer of state and forwarded by the director of revenue and finance to the treasurer of the state university, and the same shall be by the treasurer of the state university placed to the credit of the funds which are set aside for the support of the university hospital. However, warrants shall not be paid unless the UB-82 claim required pursuant to section 255A.13 has been filed with the community health management information system. The superintendent of the university hospital shall certify to the auditor of state on the first day of January, April, July and October of each year, the amount as herein provided not previously certified by the superintendent due the state from the several counties having patients chargeable thereto, and the auditor of state shall thereupon charge the same to the county so owing. A duplicate certificate shall also be mailed to the auditor of each county having patients chargeable thereto. Expenses for obstetrical patients served under section 255A.9 shall be reimbursed as specified in section 255A.9.

The county auditor, upon receipt of the certificate, shall enter it to the credit of the state in the ledger of state accounts, and at once issue a notice to the county treasurer authorizing the county treasurer to transfer the amount to the general state revenue, which notice shall be filed by the treasurer as authority for making the transfer. The county treasurer shall include the amount transferred in the next remittance of state taxes to the treasurer of state, to accrue to the credit of the university hospital fund.

The state auditor shall certify the total cost of commitment and caring for each indigent patient under the terms of this statute to the county auditor of such patient's legal residence, and such certificate shall be preserved by the county auditor and shall be a debt due from the patient or the persons legally responsible for the patient's care, maintenance or support; and whenever in the judgment of the board of supervisors the same or any part thereof shall be collectible, the said board may in its own name collect the same and is hereby authorized to institute suits for such purpose; and after deducting the county's share of such cost shall cause the balance to be paid into the state treasury to reimburse the university hospital fund. Transportation shall be provided at no charge to a patient who is certified for medical assistance under chapter 249A, and shall be reimbursed from the university hospital fund.

Should any county fail to pay these bills within sixty days from the date of certificate from the superintendent, the director of revenue and finance shall charge the delinquent county the penalty of one percent per month on and after sixty days from date of certificate until paid. Such penalties shall be credited to the general fund of the state.

Section History: Early form

  [SS15, § 254-g; C24, 27, 31, 35, § 4028; C39, § 3828.157; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 255.26]

Section History: Recent form

  83 Acts, ch 123, § 105, 209; 87 Acts, ch 233, § 434; 91 Acts, ch 267, § 227; 98 Acts, ch 1100, §32

Internal References

  Referred to in § 331.502, 331.552

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