Gov. Pat McCrory
- More transparency
The legislation to improve transparency in health care costs includes:
• Requiring hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to provide information on the total costs of a procedure.
• Requiring that bills be written in easy-to-understand language.
• Giving consumers up to three years to request an itemized bill for free if a health care facility is requesting payment.
• Mandating that health care facilities provides refunds for overpayment or billing errors within 45 days.
• Not allowing health care facilities to bill patients for charges that would have been covered by their insurance if the charges had been submitted to the insurers on time.
• Providing accurate information on whether a provider is part of the consumers’ insurance network.
Source: N.C. Attorney General’s Office
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:22 pm
Updated: 10:40 pm, Tue Jul 30, 2013.
A bipartisan bill championed by the state’s attorney general and passed Thursday by the General Assembly will give consumers more clarity on their medical bills and on hospitals’ debt-collection efforts.
The House voted by a 103-10 margin to send House Bill 834 to Gov. Pat McCrory. The Senate voted 49-0 Wednesday. If signed by McCrory, elements of the bill would go into effect over the course of the next 12 months.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:22 pm.
Updated: 10:40 pm.