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Nearly 1 in 4 Californians Hit By Surprise Medical Bills
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Over the past two years almost one in four Californians with private health insurance received a surprise medical bill — a bill where the insurer paid less than expected — according to a survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Of those consumers who had been hospitalized or went to an emergency department, 23 percent were charged an out-of-network rate when they had thought the doctor was in-network. “This is one of the big loopholes in the health insurance system that perpetuates the bill shock that consumers are facing,” said Betsy Imholz of Consumers Union in San Francisco who oversaw analysis of the California survey results. “It really puts consumers in the middle of the battle between insurance providers and out-of-network doctors in particular.”