Patients get protections from surprise medical bills

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BALTIMORE, MD (WJZ) — The No Surprises Act went into effect Saturday crossed the country, offering consumers extortion from astonishment billing aft receiving out-of-network exigency care.

Surprise billing occurs erstwhile a diligent ends up visiting a infirmary that extracurricular of their wellness security plan, done nary responsibility of their own.

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Some of the services covered nether the enactment see exigency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, adjunct surgeon, hospitalist and intensivist services.

The measure volition besides support those being treated by an out-of-network supplier astatine an in-network infirmary oregon ambulatory surgical center.

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“Our bureau has received complaints for galore years from consumers faced with unfair and financially devastating astonishment aesculapian bills,” Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said.  “The No Surprises Act ensures consumers tin get aesculapian attraction without the fearfulness of getting a astonishment measure done nary responsibility of their own.”

The enactment volition besides necessitate aesculapian professionals to springiness “Good Faith Estimates”, which mandates that providers and facilities indispensable pass patients however overmuch attraction volition outgo successful advance.

These protections successful the No Surprises Act volition not use to those who person Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Services, Veterans Affairs Health Care, oregon TRICARE coverage, fixed that they already person protections against aesculapian bills built-in to their program.

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For much accusation connected the No Surprises Act, cheque retired the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.

CBS Baltimore Staff

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