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State Lawmakers Push to End Surprise Emergency Room Bills
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Assemblyman David Chiu and state Sen. Scott Wiener, both of San Francisco, announced a bill Monday that would prevent public hospitals from charging emergency room patients whose insurance won’t cover their medical bills. This practice is called “balance billing,” and according to Chiu, it’s costing Californians thousands of dollars.

Even if a patient has private insurance, an ambulance might transport them to an out-of-network hospital that doesn’t accept it — like Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Then, a month after getting treatment, they’re hit with a surprise from the hospital.