Legislation On Brown’s Desk Poised To Protect Millions From Surprise Medical Bills
If the bill is signed, patients who go to a covered facility would only be charged in-network fees, no matter who treats them.
Ventura County Star:
People Slammed By Medical Bills
A bill that passed through the California Legislature is designed to block one stream of surprise bills — the flow triggered when people go to hospitals or outpatient centers covered by their insurance companies but are treated by a provider who isn't part of the network. That provider often may be a radiologist, an anesthesiologist, a pathologist or a provider the patient barely knows. If Assembly Bill 72 is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown by the end of September and becomes law, patients who go to a covered facility would only be charged in-network fees, no matter who treats them. (Kisken, 9/11)