Yesterday, CHA issued an Advocacy Alert on Assembly Bill 1611 (Chiu, D-San Francisco), which would protect patients from balance billing for emergency services. CHA supports the elements of the bill that would protect patients. However, the bill as currently written would also impose a default out-of-network reimbursement rate that will ultimately incentivize health insurance companies to avoid contracting with hospitals, driving reimbursement rates below the cost of care. CHA remains opposed to this bill unless it is amended to remove the default rate.
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