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State Surprise Billing Laws in the 2019 Session

By Claire McAndrew,


Surprise medical bills have been harming families for decades. They occur when families receive out-of-network care due to no fault of their own. Surprise medical bills can amount to hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars in unexpected medical costs for families. In 2019, many states addressed this issue through legislation. This brief summarizes 2019 state legislative activity on surprise medical bills.