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Virginia regulators seek input on surprise medical bills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians can soon tell regulators what the state should do to limit surprise medical bills.
The State Corporation Commission announced Wednesday that it will hold a public hearing in Richmond on Sept. 12 on high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer’s network.
The SCC is currently considering a proposed regulation that would require health plans managed by the state to mandate that hospitals and medical facilities in their network inform patients of potential out-of-network costs before any treatment is provided.
The regulations would not apply to emergency services.

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