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State fines health plans $5 million for unpaid bills
Sacramento Bee

State officials today announced nearly $5 million in fines against California’s seven largest health insurers, capping an 18-month investigation into late claim payments and underpayments – amounting to tens of millions of dollars — to thousands of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. Doctors and hospitals have long complained about being powerless to battle the state’s biggest health plans on unpaid bills, prompting state regulators to launch massive audits.

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