8 states with the highest, lowest share of surprise out-of-network medical bills

Florida had the highest share of surprise out-of-network medical bills during in-network hospital admissions in 2016 among 37 states and Washington, D.C., according to a report from the Health Care Cost Institute.

For the report, the institute used its commercial claims database to examine about 620,000 in-network inpatient admissions and associated professional claims (both in- and out-of-network claims filed by the physician or other healthcare professional who provided care) in the 37 states and the district in 2016.

The states with the highest share of surprise out-of-network medical bills:

1. Florida — 26 percent

2. Kansas — 24 percent

3. New Jersey — 22 percent

4. California — 22 percent

5. Texas — 20 percent

6. Maryland — 20 percent

7. Nevada — 19 percent

8. Alabama — 19 percent

States with the lowest share of surprise out-of-network medical bills:

1. Minnesota — 2 percent

2. Iowa — 3 percent

3. Maine — 3 percent

4. Wisconsin — 4 percent

5. Oregon — 4 percent

6. Utah — 5 percent

7. Arkansas — 6 percent

8. Colorado — 6 percent

 

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