Urge California Senators to do the right thing and end surprise medical bills
Big news! Our End Surprise Medical Bills campaign is heating up in California, with legislation to protect consumers up for debate in the CA Senate Health Committee today at 1:30pm PST. The legislation AB 72, backed by Consumers Union and a host of California advocacy organizations, is a bipartisan bill that would make sure that any Californian visiting an in-network hospital would only pay in-network prices for any associated medical care. We have a real shot at passing this smart solution if we speak up now.
If you live in California, take action now so your State Senators know where you stand: tell them to support AB 72 when it comes up in committee today.
“Surprise medical bills have serious consequences for consumers’ financial health. We urge California lawmakers to support AB 72 and close this loophole that puts consumers in the middle of a reimbursement battle between insurance providers and out-of-network doctors,” said our campaign policy expert, Betsy Imholz.
Our opposition comes from doctor group lobbyists that would rather see you pay more when you already do the right thing by paying for health insurance and staying in-network. As hundreds of Californians have shared with us: just because you go to an in-network hospital, surgery center, or lab doesn’t mean you won’t get a surprisingly huge bill from an out-of-network doctor or specialist.
Our team will be watching the live feed of the Senate Health hearing today at 1:30 PST, so we know our next course of action. Our allies from California Health Access and California Labor Federation will be testifying in support of your consumer protections with AB 72, and we can’t wait to cheer them on.
Don’t forget to take action and share this with your friends and family in California who can’t afford to wait for surprise medical bill protections.