- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island lawmakers have introduced legislation to help residents with medical billing.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/2i9T2FV) reports Democratic Rep. Robert Craven introduced a bill that would create a system to resolve medical billing disputes. The legislation aims to address unexpected insurance charges from emergency room visits and other services by out-of-network providers.

House Judiciary Chairman Cale Keable, Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee and Rep. Lauren Carson, all Democrats, are co-sponsoring the bill.

Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner will be responsible for creating a process for disputed medical billing cases if the bill passes. The legislation is similar to previous laws that protect consumers in Connecticut, New York and Florida.

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