New Bill to Stop Surprise Medical Charges

Have you ever gone to the hospital for emergency or elective surgery, only to receive a surprise bill from an out of network medical provider? Today I introduced a bill in the Idaho House H&W Committee to prohibit such "balance billing" without the patient's knowing consent. The hospitals, insurance companies and providers say it is "complicated." Each has unique leverage in such arrangements. The only one without leverage is the patient. Twenty-one States have passed laws to guard against balance billing. Hopefully, Idaho will be #22. If you have had such an experience, let me know.