Doctors Fighting Bill in California That All But Eliminates Balance Billing

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Doctors Fighting Bill in California That All But Eliminates Balance Billing

Sep, 9th 2016

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is repeating their plea to California Governor Jerry Brown, asking the governor to veto a “devastating” new bill under consideration in the California Assembly that would limit the amount patients could pay healthcare providers for their services.

In their second letter to Governor Brown on this subject, the AAPS calls Bill AB 72 “anti-physician, anti-patient, and anti-charity care,” saying the bill, if passed, “would have a dreadful effect on the availability of care to patients in California.”

The bill would prevent healthcare providers from billing more than 125% of the amount Medicare reimburses for similar services when a patient gets care at an out-of-network facility and would prohibit providers “from engaging in an unfair payment pattern,” theoretically allowing patients...

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