Three years ago, California passed AB-72, legislation to stop surprise medical bills for specialty hospital services. Now, there’s a national proposal to follow California’s lead, according to a story from the New York Times.
The new legislation has passed in House and Senate committees, but hasn’t yet moved to the floor. Doctor’s groups like the California Medical Association oppose the policy, arguing that it denies doctors bargaining power with insurance companies over rates. Some pro-doctor groups have even suggested that hospitals will close if this legislation is passed.
New data analysis, including a study from USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy suggests that AB-72 did affect coverage, with a 17 percent drop in out-of-network care.
Carmela Coyle, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association
Ted Mazer, MD, immediate past president of the California Medical Association; San Diego-based otolaryngologist