Surprise billing legislation passes two key Committees in Florida

Conor Laing
Assistant Policy Analyst

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Momentum for a consumer victory in Florida continues to build after legislation protecting consumers from surprise medical bills passed two key committees this week. On February 16, 2016, the Florida Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance unanimously voted in favor of SB 1442. SB 1442 now goes to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. On the House of Representatives side, HB 221 passed in the House Committee on Health and Human Services on February 17 and will now go before the full House for a vote. We’ve hit major milestones in our Florida campaign, and we owe much of this success to you, our Florida activists, emailing key Senate and House committee members urging them to support the bills. We’ll need your support more than ever when these bills arrive at the Floor so they make it to the finish line.

These bills, if passed in both chambers and signed by the Governor, will hold you harmless for most surprise medical bills. We have heard from hundreds of you in Florida about your experiences with surprise medical bills. For instance, Anthony in Key West went to an in-network doctor for an endoscopy and colonoscopy. While the doctor was in-network, Anthony was surprised to learn that the anesthesiologist was out-of-network. Anthony, and all consumers in Florida, shouldn’t have to be on the hook for disagreements between doctors and insurers.

That’s why we are supporting SB 1442 and HB 221. Want to get involved? Check out our Florida campaign page and share your surprise medical bill story and sign our petition. Contact your state representative, state senator, and governor and urge them to support SB 1442 and HB 221. Together, we can end surprise medical bills in Florida!

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