Legislation Underway to Help with Surprise Medical Bills
How much you really owe for medical procedures is now being discussed in the State House and Senate which have both unanimously approved bills to ban “surprise billing.”
Surprise billing typically occurs when a specialist who’s part of your treatment ends up being outside your insurance network, resulting in higher unknown costs to the consumer. There are several differences in whether the language should be absolute or include exceptions for procedures which take place offsite. Allowing patients to comparison-shop is also a goal in attempt to lowering medical cost.
Both House and Senate face a Thursday deadline to get bills through committee. Neither the database bill nor the surprise billing proposals have been scheduled for hearings yet, but legislators are trying to finalize an agreement quickly and hearings are hopeful next week in order to get positive legislation on the table before the final days of this legislative session.