Video: New State Law Seeks to Curb Surprise Medical Bills

A new law will allow more consumers to challenge surprise medical bills they get from out-of-network doctors, but only if the charge is more than $500. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

 Justin Dehn

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Patients with health insurance can still suffer sticker shock when the bill comes from a hospital visit. That’s because even an in-network hospital can contract with out-of-network doctors — physicians whose charges aren’t fully covered by a patient’s insurance.

A new law that takes effect Sept. 1 will allow more consumers to challenge so-called "balance bills" they get from an out-of-network doctor, but only if the charge is more than $500.

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