Lawmakers OK Bill To Limit Hospitals’ Out-of-Network ED Charges
The bill has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration.
SB 359 seeks to prevent hospitals from profiting by treating patients with out-of-network health insurance.
The bill would affect hospitals with an out-of-network ED utilization rate of 50% or more.
It would limit payments to hospitals for out-of-network patients to 60% of average in-network payments but no less than 150% of Medicare payments.Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West has urged Brown to sign the bill (Herman, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/6). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.