“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.
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.