5 States Make Balance Billing Progress in the First Quarter of 2018

These United States are alive with the sound of legislators trying to hammer out solutions to the rampant balance billing crisis. While a national solution has its proponents, in the absence of a national statute, the states have been very busy doing what they can. Here are recent developments:

Washington

A bill from Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler that sought to help consumers avoid balance bills has failed. Had it passed, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2114 would have prevented surprise medical or ‘balance’ bills when an in-network medical facility was used, but treatment was provided by an out-of-network provider. The bill passed the House of Representatives but failed the Senate.

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