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Florida and California move to shield consumers from surprise medical bills
Modern Healthcare

Florida is poised to become the second big state after New York to shield patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills, and California may not be far behind if lawmakers there can cinch a similar deal with physicians.

The issue has caught fire around the country, with even health professionals facing the personal experience of unexpected bills for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Consumers Union reported last year that among people who had emergency department visits, hospitalizations or operations in the previous two years, 37% received a bill for which their health plan paid less than expected; among those who received a surprise bill, nearly 1 out of 4 got a bill from a doctor they did not expect to get a bill from.