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Guest View | Congress must end surprise billing--in a fair and reasonable way


Last updated 11/27/2019 at 1:43pm

One of the foremost goals of any physician anesthesiologist is to ensure the most positive, painless patient experience possible. However, there is only so much we can do to protect patients from the pain of getting hit with high, unexpected medical bills demanding payment for the cost of care they assumed would be covered by insurance.

Fortunately, the Washington Legislature passed the Balance Billing Protection Act, based on input and compromise by providers, insurers, the Insurance Commissioner, and other stakeholders. It eliminates this practice and protects patients from surprise med...

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