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Senators introduce surprise medical bill ban with arbitration
Modern Healthcare

A bipartisan group of senators released legislation Thursday to ban surprise medical bills, and landed on arbitration as a final resort if hospitals, specialty physicians or insurers aren’t happy with the pay rate proposed for out-of-network treatment.

The new bill from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) has been in the works nearly a year. Under the proposal, a patient’s insurer would automatically pay the out-of-network doctor or hospital about the same rate it would pay if the service were in network.

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