Virginia commission seeks comments on plan to stop surprise billing

 A Virginia regulatory panel is seeking public input  on a proposal to stop surprise medical billing, according to The Roanoke Times.

The proposal is expected to take effect Oct. 1, would require hospitals to notify patients up front if they will be billed for charges outside the in-network cost-sharing amount required by their insurance company for services, according to the Times.

The rule would not apply to emergency hospital care.

Hospitals that do not notify patients about out-of-network providers before admittance would be on the hook for the balance of the patient's bill, the Times reported.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission, a separate state governmental department, will take public comments on the proposal until Aug. 9. Comments are being accepted here.


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