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CA lawmaker to try again to block ’surprise’ medical bills
Southern California Public Radio

A state assemblyman is trying again to win passage of a bill that would eliminate unexpectedly high medical bills, the kind that hit patients who have received care at a medical facility outside of their insurance network without knowing about it.

This typically happens when a covered facility uses out-of-network specialists, such as radiologists or anesthesiologists. Providers who work outside of a consumer’s insurance plan typically charge far higher rates than in-network providers.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) will try again to secure approval of AB 533, which fell three votes shy of passage in the Assembly last fall. The measure would limit the amount a patient can be charged by an out-of-network provider to no more than he would have paid if that provider had been in-network.