Tex. Health & Safety Code § 311.022

Current with legislation from the 2019 Regular Session effective as of September 1, 2019
Section 311.022 - Discrimination Prohibited In Denial Of Services; Criminal Penalties
(a) An officer, employee, or medical staff member of a general hospital may not deny emergency services because a person cannot establish the person's ability to pay for the services or because of the person's race, religion, or national ancestry if:
(1) the services are available at the hospital; and
(2) the person is diagnosed by a licensed physician as requiring those services.
(b) An officer or employee of a general hospital may not deny a person in need of emergency services access to diagnosis by a licensed physician on the hospital staff because the person cannot establish the person's ability to pay for the services or because of the person's race, religion, or national ancestry.
(c) In addition, the person needing emergency services may not be subjected to arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable discrimination based on age, sex, physical condition, or economic status.
(d) An officer, employee, or medical staff member of a general hospital commits an offense if that person recklessly violates this section. An offense under this subsection is a Class B misdemeanor, except that if the offense results in permanent injury, permanent disability, or death, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
(e) An officer, employee, or medical staff member of a general hospital commits an offense if that person intentionally or knowingly violates this section. An offense under this subsection is a Class A misdemeanor, except that if, as a direct result of the offense, a person denied emergency services dies, the offense is a felony of the third degree.

Tex. Health and Safety Code § 311.022

Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.