The Centennial State is making health insurers responsible for protecting members who try to stay in network against big, unexpected medical bills.
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, has signed S.B. 213, a bill that concerns “balance billing” at hospitals.
The new balance billing law is supposed to protect managed care plan patients who undergo treatment by in-network physicians at in-network hospitals, then receive sky-high, out-of-network bills from out-of-network radiologists, anesthesiologists and other out-of-network doctors who help with treatment.
S.B. 213 “clarifies that health insurance plans, not patients, must pay the extra charges in those situations,” the Owens administration says in a statement about the bill.