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Shaheen, Hassan introduce bills to lower health care costs

October 3, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Democratic U.S. senators are introducing separate but related legislation aimed at lowering health care costs.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s bill would cap the amount that hospitals could charge uninsured patients or patients with individual market coverage who receive treatment outside their provider network.

Sen. Maggie Hassan’s bill targets so-called “surprise billing,” in which patients with employer-sponsored health plans go to in-network hospitals but get billed by individual providers who are out-of-network. She proposes prohibiting hospitals and providers from charging more than the in-network amount in the case of medical emergencies, and in non-emergencies, would require hospitals to notify patients about out-of-network services and get their consent.

Shaheen’s bill was introduced Wednesday, and Hassan plans to file hers soon. The senators are co-sponsoring each others’ legislation.

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This story has been corrected to show that Sen. Hassan’s legislation has not been filed yet, but it will be filed soon.

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