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Idaho Lawmakers Look To Reform Medical Billing And Debt Collection

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When you get a bill from your doctor’s office or health insurance, do you always know line by line what the charges are for? Or, have you ever received a bill for a procedure...only to be billed again after reimbursement?  

Earlier this week, state lawmakers in the House debated a bill that would reform medical debt collection. The measure is sponsored by Republicans but received a fair amount of scrutiny from more conservative members of the legislature. After a two-hour debate, the House approved the bill and sent it to the Senate. It still has a ways to go before becoming law. 

 

Idaho Matters talks with Republican Rep. Megan Blanksma who is hoping to soon introduce a similar proposal that would reform what she calls "surprise billing" in the medical industry. 

 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!