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State Efforts to Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Many Americans worry about receiving surprise medical bills after they see health care providers outside their plan's network or get emergency care. As Jack Hoadley, Kevin Lucia, and Maanasa Kona of Georgetown University explain, there is no federal law regulating the balance-bill charges submitted by out-of-network providers. And after reviewing state laws that guard against balance billing, the researchers found only nine states meet standards for comprehensive protection against this practice.

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