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House panel OKs balance billing ban, sponsor says unlikely to pass this year

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Health insurers and HMOs may have won the battle in a House healthcare committee on Thursday but they may end up losing the war this session. The House Health and Human Services Committee approved a bill that would ban nonparticipating providers from balance billing patients in need of emergency care under CS/HB 681. Additionally, the measure would place into law a reimbursement schedule for nonparticipating providers. But CS/HB 681 bill sponsor state Rep. Carlos Trujillo acknowledged that he didn’t think the…

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House passes, Senate delays, balance billing ban that pits providers against insurers

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Doctors and insurers battled over balance billing in the Florida Legislature on Tuesday. While the House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill, CS/HB 681 by state Rep. Carlos Trujillo, which would prevent insured patients from being balance billed by providers for emergency care and place into statutes reimbursement options, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee took a pass on the companion bill, SB 516. Hospitals and doctor groups opposed the House bill but it was supported by the Florida Association of Health Plans.…

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Round one of emergency care and billing tussle goes to insurers over docs

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It was the insurance industry versus the provider community when a House subcommittee took up a bill that prohibits balance billing for emergency services on Wednesday, with the insurance and HMO industry emerging the victor. Over the objections of the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Hospital Association, the Florida Radiological Association and the Florida Chapter American College of Surgeons, the subcommittee passed a bill that would ban physicians from balance billing insured patients for emergency services and care. Healthcare providers…

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