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Battle Heating Up Over ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
California Healthline

Have you ever gone in for a medical procedure you knew was covered by your health plan, only to be hit weeks later by a large, unexpected bill from a doctor whose name you didn’t even recognize?

If so, you’re not alone. More than one in five Californians with private health insurance reported receiving “surprise” medical bills at least once over the previous two years, according to a 2015 Consumer Reports survey.

Today in Sacramento, consumer advocates will launch a campaign they hope will eliminate such surprises. Legislation introduced last year by Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) is back, after falling just three Assembly votes short of passage in 2015.

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