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250,000 CalPERS members at risk of ‘surprise’ medical bills
The Sacramento Bee

About 250,000 people with CalPERS health insurance are at risk of receiving “surprise” medical bills that many other policyholders are shielded from.

Their PPO plans leave them subject to an insurance company practice known as balance billing, which is the subject of a state proposal meant to protect consumers that passed the Assembly this week.

At risk are CalPERS members with PERS Choice, PERS Select and PERS Care PPO plans. About 1.25 million other people with HMO and Medicare supplement plans from CalPERS aren’t exposed.