2014-05-30-BalancedBillingStethoscope-thumbBalance Billing‘ has been a medical billing shock for consumers for years.With a long standing truce over the issue fizzing out, Texas doctors and insurers are taking the fight public.

But what is “Balance Billing“? “The phenomenon occurs when a patient is treated at a facility that has agreed to be in the network of his or her insurance plan but is treated by at least one medical professional who has not agreed to be part of the network. Because in-network care is significantly discounted, the gap can leave unsuspecting consumers with thousands of dollars worth of bills, especially in emergencies, when they cannot ask about networks.”

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