During Thursday morning's session, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill Number 1! I co-sponsored this bill that specifically targets surprise or unexpected medical billing. Balanced billing happens when patients pay the difference between the amount the providers charge and the amount the patient's insurance covers, which is almost always less than the provider's charges.
However, this bill changes that structure. Starting this year, a federal bill passed so patients will not get balanced bills when they seek emergency services or when they receive non-emergency care from an "out-of-network" service provider of which they were unaware. You can learn more by reading the below article, which Senator Watson mentioned on the floor or even watching the video of our session!