Sacramento Bee publishes Consumers Union op-ed: Give patients protection from surprise medical bills

Daniela Nuñez
Social Media Program Manager

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

While surprise medical bills are a problem nationwide, California lawmakers have the opportunity to stop surprise medical bills next month by passing AB 72, a carefully crafted, bipartisan bill that would prohibit outrageous out-of-network bills when patients use an in-network healthcare facility. We have proof that surprise medical bills are a big problem for Californians: we’ve collected over 500 stories from California patients who were shocked with surprise medical bills they expected their insurance to cover. If one thing is clear, it’s this: patients need relief, and they need it now!

California lawmakers will soon decide the fate of AB 72, a new California bill that ensures when you visit a provider covered by your insurer, you will only have to pay in-network prices. Consumers Union Special Projects Director Betsy Imholz wrote in an op-ed for The Sacramento Bee:

It’s time to spare consumers who have done everything right from the reimbursement battle between insurance companies and out-of-network doctors. That’s why Consumers Union strongly supports AB 72.

Industry groups have powerful lobbyists to speak up for them, but legislators should speak up for consumers and put an end to surprise medical bills.

In the next few weeks, California activists will be visiting lawmakers’ offices delivering the message: End Surprise Medical Bills now! We know the medical industry groups have deep pockets and could kill this pro-consumer bill. That’s why we are gearing up with our coalition partners working with and for consumers to make sure lawmakers know enough is enough! We’ll need people from all over the state to share their surprise medical bill stories and take action before these critical votes take place next month. Join our consumer army now by signing our California petition and sharing your story.

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