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House Bill Creates Consumer Protections Against Out-of-Network Billing, Adds New Reporting Requirements for MassHealth

Massachusetts: A House-controlled committee advanced a health care bill that includes $450 million in assessments on hospitals and insurers, a fee on urgent care clinics, creates consumer protections against out-of-network billing, adds new reporting requirements for MassHealth and urges an acceleration of digital health initiatives (Sentinel & Enterprise News). The 11 House members of the Health Care Financing Committee voted in a poll Tuesday to recommend the bill coming out of committee, while the seven Senate members of the joint committee either reserved their rights or did not respond to the poll, according to the committee.

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