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Close-up on AB 533 (Bonta): Protecting Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Consumers know they can save money and limit their out-of-pocket costs by going to an in-network provider.  Too often, however, consumers who do the right thing by going to an in-network hospital or facility end up getting a surprise bill by a doctor who turns out not to be in-network. According to a recent survey […]

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Consumer Protection Bills Move Forward, Mixed News on Transparency

Good news (mostly) for California’s health care consumers and for efforts to improve on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) out of the California Assembly Committee on Health yesterday. The Committee passed two bills designed to extend cost sharing protections to consumers in circumstances not addressed by the ACA. AB339 (Gordon), a Health Access-sponsored bill, protects […]

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