States Make Laws To Protect Patients From Hidden Medical Bills

Nothing like an unexpected bill to ruin your recovery.i

Nothing like an unexpected bill to ruin your recovery.

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Nothing like an unexpected bill to ruin your recovery.

Nothing like an unexpected bill to ruin your recovery.

Julie Nicholls/Corbis

It’s a situation that occurs all too often: Someone goes to the emergency room and doesn’t learn until he gets a hefty bill that one of the doctors who treated him wasn’t in his insurance network. Or a diligent consumer checks before scheduling surgery to make sure that the hospital she plans to use and the doctors who will perform the operation are all in her network. Then she learns later that an assistant surgeon she didn’t know — and who wasn’t in her network — scrubbed in on her operation, and charged her for it.

“If we’re mandating that people buy insurance coverage it seems we should also protect them from surprise medical bills,” says Mark Rukavina, founder of Community Health Advisors in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/15/422964973/states-make-laws-to-protect-patients-from-hidden-medical-bills?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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