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Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills


Added 06-18-19 05:06:02am EST - “A new Texas law says hospitals and insurers will have to work it out when they can't agree on a price ?" instead of sending huge unexpected bills to patients.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new Texas law aims to protect patients like Drew Calver, pictured here with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Eleanor (left) and Emory, in their Austin, Texas, home. After being treated for a heart attack in April 2017, Calver, a high school history teacher, got a surprise medical bill for $108,951. Callie Richmond for KHN hide caption

A new Texas law aims to protect patients like Drew Calver, pictured here with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Eleanor (left) and Emory, in their Austin, Texas, home. After being treated for a heart attack in April 2017, Calver, a high school history teacher, got a surprise medical bill for $108,951.

Texas is now among more than a dozen states that have cracked down on the practice of surprise medical billing.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed legislation Friday shielding patients from getting a huge bill when their insurance company and medical provider can't agree on payment.

Senate Bill 1264 is bipartisan legislation that removes patients from the middle of disputes between a health insurance company and a hospital or other medical provider.

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