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Bill would shield patients from surprise bills for out-of-network care

Draft legislation that would protect patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills for both emergency and non-emergency care was unveiled by Reps. Frank Pallone, D-NJ., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., the top Democrat and Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The proposal would require hospitals to get written consent from patients before they are treated by an out-of-network health care provider as part of a scheduled procedure, allow health insurers to pay out-of-network clinicians similar rates as in-network clinicians and prohibit balance billing.

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