Texas is the latest entrant into the list of several other states that have attacked on the exercise of surprise huge medical bills.
The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott signed bipartisan legislation on Friday protecting the patients from receiving huge medical bills at the time when their healthcare provider and health insurance company cannot agree on the payment.
The Senate Bill 1264 aims at removing patients from disputes between an insurance company and hospital or any other healthcare provider.
The author of the bill, Republican state Senator Kelly Hancock said that they wanted to help the patients come out of the middle of the disputes as that is actually not their battle.
As per the new law, the health insurance companies as well as healthcare providers can seek arbitration in order to negotiate and reach a payment. That entire process would be superintended by the state officials.
Notably, the practice of surprise medical bill generally takes place when a person having health insurance arrives at a hospital in case of emergency and the hospital isn’t in the network zone. It can also take place when a patient arrives at one in-network hospital and the healthcare providers or doctors aren’t in the network. At times, the health insurance companies as well as healthcare providers do not agree on what is a fair healthcare price for that specific situation which why the patients land up receiving a heavy medical bill.