SB 1763 (see companion bill HB 1714) – Virginia

Status: Inactive / Dead
Year Introduced: 2019

Balance billing; emergency and elective services. Directs health carriers that provide individual or group health insurance that provide any benefits with respect to services rendered in an emergency department of a hospital to pay directly to an out-of-network health care provider an amount, less applicable cost-sharing requirements, that is equal to the greatest of (i) the amount negotiated with in-network providers for the emergency service or, if more than one amount is negotiated, the median of these amounts; (ii) the regional average for commercial payments for emergency services as of the date of treatment; (iii) the amount that would be paid under Medicare for an emergency service; and (iv) if out-of-network services are provided (a) by a health care professional, the regional average for commercial payments for such service, or (b) by a facility, the fair market value for such services. The bill removes from the determination of whether a medical condition is an emergency medical condition the final diagnosis rendered to the covered person. The bill requires a facility where a covered person receives scheduled elective services to post the required notice or inform the covered person of the required notice at the time of pre-admission or pre-registration. The bill also requires such a facility to inform the covered person or his legal representative of the names of all provider groups providing health care services at the facility, that consultation with the covered person’s managed care plan is recommended to determine if the provider groups providing health care services at the facility are in-network providers, and that the covered person may be financially responsible for health care services performed by a provider that is not an in-network provider, in addition to any cost-sharing requirements. The measure includes an enactment providing that it shall not become effective unless an appropriation that addresses the anticipated effects of this act on the general fund is included in a general appropriation act passed in 2019 by the General Assembly that becomes law.

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