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“Kreidler bill would end ‘surprise billing’ for emergency services”

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is proposing legislation to protect Washington consumers from surprise emergency services bills that can add hundreds to thousands of dollars in unexpected costs.

Surprise or balance-billing can occur when a patient receives emergency services from a hospital that is in a health plan’s network. In addition to paying the health plan’s expected co-payments and deductible, the patient gets a surprise medical bill for being treated by doctors that a patient never knew were not in the network.

House Bill 2447, requested by Kreidler and sponsored by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-34th District, seeks to prevent such billing disputes,” quoting the Business Examiner.
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Editor’s note:
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is currently serving his fourth term as the Washington Insurance Commissioner and was formerly a one term Congressional Representative for the then-9th congressional district, which included the Yelm area, now in the 10th congressional district.

Posted by Steve on January 20, 2016 at 6:39 am | Permalink

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