Regulators to seek input on limiting surprise medical bills

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginians can soon tell regulators what the state should do to limit surprise medical bills.

The State Corporation Commission announced Wednesday that it will hold a public hearing in Richmond on Sept. 12 on high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network.

The SCC is currently considering a proposed regulation that would require health plans managed by the state to mandate that hospitals and medical facilities in their network inform patients of potential out-of-network costs before any treatment is provided.

The regulations would not apply to emergency services.

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