JOE ROBACH AND SENATE PASS BILL TO PREVENT SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS FOR SENIORS

Joe Robach and the New York State Senate passed legislation to reduce costly and unexpected medical charges to health insurance consumers. The bill, supported by Joe Robach, establishes consumer protections to prevent surprise medical bills and ensures seniors have adequate access to necessary services.

Joe Roach knows that surprise medical bills result from a variety of insurance billing practices and are particularly pronounced in the emergency care setting which can really affect seniors. A 2012 report by the state Department of Financial Services detailed several incidents when patients who performed their due diligence in scheduling procedures with in-network providers later, and without the patient’s knowledge, had a non-network provider, specialist, or supporting staff perform or assist in the procedure. Instead of the expected insurance co-payment, the unexpected non-network charges often resulted in thousands of dollars.

In one case, a patient was surprised with a bill for $2,800 for half-an-hour of anesthesia provided by an out-of-network anesthesiologist during a routine colonoscopy provided by a participating provider.

Joe Robach knows that surprise bills can really impact seniors bottom lines and this is why he supports this important legislation.  The bill has been sent to the Assembly.