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New York Law Extends Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

Oct. 17, 2019, 9:44 PM

Emergency room patients in New York state who have individual health insurance plans will get more protection from “surprise” bills under legislation signed Oct. 17 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

The legislation, S.317/A.264B, extends to hospitals protections in place in the state since 2015. The earlier law only covered surprise bills from physicians.

The New York law will likely be cited as a model for federal lawmakers to follow as they consider national surprise billing legislation. Hospitals and doctors have lauded New York’s approach to the problem. The New York law includes a provision under which billing disputes can ...