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Medically Essential Electric Utility Service (Watch)

HB 773 (Maggard) provides notification requirements for electric utilities relating to the certification process for obtaining medically essential electric service and service disconnection, including a requirement to post the certification process on their websites and to provide a written explanation of the certification process to each residential utility customer upon opening an account and at least semi-annually. The bill directs electric utilities to develop a standard certification form to be used by each residential customer who wishes for certification. The bill specifies minimum requirements for service disconnection for customers whose electric service is certified as medically essential and specifies circumstances under which health care practitioners may certify that a customer should qualify for medically essential electric utility service. (O’Hara)