Legislation Seeks to End Surprise Billing

A nice piece from Georgia Health News:

Surprise medical bills have long puzzled — and angered — patients in Georgia and elsewhere.

This billing occurs when consumers have procedures or visit ERs at hospitals in their insurance network, then get separate bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars from non-network doctors who were involved. These bills can come from ER doctors, anesthesiologists and radiologists, among others.

Several states recently have passed legislation to address the problem.

Georgia’s General Assembly will take another look at surprise billing this year, with new legislation sponsored by state Rep. Richard Smith, a Columbus Republican who has been a leading voice on the issue. Smith proposed legislation on surprise billing in last year’s General Assembly session, but after much debate and revision, it ultimately died.

Essentially the bill ensures that the patient gets help making decisions through increased transparency of medical costs.

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