Texas Law Offers Some Relief for Patients With Surprise Hospital Bills

In Texas, a new law will allow more patients to get help negotiating lower bills from hospital-based doctors who are out of network instead of being stuck with huge bills even when the hospital is in their health insurer's provider network.

In Texas, a new law will allow more patients to get help negotiating lower bills from hospital-based doctors who are out of network instead of being stuck with huge bills even when the hospital is in their health insurer's provider network.

Under the new law, a bill of more than $500 from an out-of-network emergency room doctor, anesthesiologist, radiologist, or pathologist will be enough to warran an intervention from the Texas Department of Insurance. Previously, bills must exceed $1000 before the department could get involved.

Patients will be able to ask the department to set up a phone call between the patient, the insurer, and the emergency room doctor's practice.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News: http://bit.ly/1PFmpL0