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Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the same contract that applies to the hospital. A Washington state law would seek to stop patients from being billed when that discrepancy happens, but there are some lingering questions from those in the health care industry the law would affect amid widespread agreement that patients shouldn’t be footed with a bill.