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As Congress Works To Curb Surprise Medical Bills, N.Y.’s Fix Gets Examined

Lobbying campaigns and legislative battles have been underway for months as Congress tries to solve the problem of surprise billing, when patients face often exorbitant costs after they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network doctor or hospital. As Congress considers various plans and negotiates behind the scenes, data is trickling in from states that have been test-driving proposed solutions. New York was among the first to tackle the issue. In 2015, it passed a surprise billing law that uses “baseball-style” arbitration as a way to settle payment disputes between insurance companies and doctors. Under this approach, which is used in Major League Baseball to negotiate...

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