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Congress passes surprise medical billing fix

Emily Boerger | Dec 22, 2020 | Federal

Highlights from DFWHC, Hall Render surprise billing webinar

Emily Viles | Oct 25, 2019 | Texas

The Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council and Hall Render recently hosted a surprise billing webinar to discuss the implications of these bills and laws currently impacting Texans. Panelists also discussed efforts to mitigate the impacts moving forward and legislation to keep an eye on in upcoming sessions.  Panelists included Michael...[ Read More ]

California's surprise billing legislation stalled for the year

Emily Boerger | Jul 12, 2019 | California

Assemblymember David Chiu announced on Wednesday that California’s surprise billing legislation is stalled for the year. The bill, AB 1611, was set to be heard in the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday afternoon but was pulled by Chiu, who introduced the bill.   AB 1611 would have protected privately-insured patients from...[ Read More ]

54 different proposals included in the Lower Health Care Costs Act

Emily Boerger | Jul 2, 2019

Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray -- the top-ranking Republican and Democrat in the Senate health committee – recently introduced the “Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019.” The bipartisan bill includes 54 different proposals from 65 senators (36 Democrats and 29 Republicans), all aimed at lowering the cost of...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Eileen Cody reflects on the 2019 legislative session

Emily Boerger | May 29, 2019 | Washington

Representative Eileen Cody represents Washington’s 34th Legislative District and is the Chair of the House Health and Wellness Committee. Cody has long been a health policy leader in Washington State’s legislature, having worked on issues such as implementation of the Affordable Care Act, mental health parity, and patient safety improvements....[ Read More ]

Gov. Inslee signs surprise billing legislation

| May 21, 2019 | Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s request legislation to end surprise medical billing, enacting arguably the strongest law in the country to protect consumers from this unfair practice.     The new law (www.leg.wa.gov) protects consumers from getting a surprise bill when they get either emergency services at an...[ Read More ]

Poll reveals Americans want federal protections from surprise medical bills

Emily Viles | Apr 25, 2019

On Wednesday, a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of Americans want federal government protections against surprise medical bills. Surprise medical billing occurs most often when an individual is transported to an emergency room by an out-of-network ambulance, when an emergency room is outside of...[ Read More ]