Stung by medical bills? Texas is doing something about it

It’s every patient’s financial nightmare.

You have a medical procedure and are confident that there will be no financial surprises beyond your copays or deductibles.

No, a surprise can still await you, and a pricey one at that. Within days, bills will trickle in, all higher than you anticipated, for out-of-network care that you thought was provided by a doctor or a hospital in your insurance network.

Unfortunately, this occurs daily to hundreds of Texans, snaring them in the middle of contentious battles between insurance companies and medical providers. When providers and insurers can’t agree on payment, they often blindside patients with a substantial bill for the balance. Think of it as an expensive game of musical chairs. Insurers have a seat. Medical providers have a seat. Consumers are left to stand alone.             

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