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Assembly passes measure to protect consumers from costly out-of-network doctor bills
Southern California Public Radio

A measure that would protect Californians from so-called “surprise” doctor bills cleared the Assembly floor on a 69-1 vote Tuesday.

AB 533, authored by Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), targets situations in which consumers get care at a facility that’s in their insurance network, but also receive services from a provider who is not in their network.

Bonta’s legislation would, in such circumstances, limit the amount a patient can be charged by an out-of-network doctor to no more than the amount the patient would have paid had the physician been in network.

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