Surprise bills: Hospitals don’t like them, either

Capitol Weekly

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All of us in California should get behind the opportunity to protect patients from out-of-insurance-network health care bills. That’s why it is unfortunate that some in the Legislature want to couple this unifying issue of helping patients with other controversial and polarizing issues that threaten the outcome.

In February, Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) introduced the broad strokes of a proposal, AB 1611, to close state loopholes and insulate people from unexpected bills incurred when receiving emergency care at a hospital that is not in their insurance company’s provider network.