Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times, September 26
Three years ago, California passed one of the strongest laws in the country to outlaw surprise medical billing. That legislation made sure that when patients went to a hospital covered by their insurance, doctors couldn’t later ambush them with unexpected bills. Now lawmakers who want to ban surprise bills nationally are gravitating toward a California-style approach, making the California experience a key exhibit in the debate.
As health care costs rise, workers at low-wage firms may pay a larger share
Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, September 25
Employers remain the main source of health insurance in the U.S. for 153 million people. Rising premiums and deductibles are pushing employer-based coverage increasingly out of reach, according to a new survey of 2,000 employers. More than a quarter of all covered workers and nearly half of those working for small businesses face an annual deductible of $2,000 or more.