OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Legislature voted Thursday to end surprise medical billing. The vote came after the Senate unanimously passed the measure last week.
Suprise billing is when patients receive a bill for the difference between what a provider expects to be reimbursed from an insurer, versus what the insurer expects them to pay.
The bill will remove patients from billing disputes between health insurers and doctors. The bill will also protect patients from balanced billing for non-emergency surgical or ancillary services at an in-network facility, provided that those services are issued by an out-of-network provider