COLUMBUS – State Representative Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) today announced the House’s passage of the Family Pocketbook Protection Act, House Bill 388.
House Bill 388 bans surprise medical bills in Ohio. A surprise medical bill is an unexpected charge to patients from out-of-network health care practitioners, leaving families blindsided and left holding a bill for additional costs not covered by insurance.
“This bill is financially responsible, for consumers and for the state,” said Jordan. “The last thing that Ohio families need during a time of crisis like we’re in now is added stress and surprises. I applaud my colleague Representative Adam Holmes for getting this legislation done right.”
House Bill 388 is a free market solution to the problem of surprise billing. Under the legislation, an out-of-network health care professional, who provides care during an in-network procedure, could elect to be paid the in-network rate by the insurance company or could negotiate a different rate with the insurance company.
If no agreement is reached, the health care provider can pursue “baseball style” arbitration. Under this approach each side would submit documentation supporting their position to a neutral, third party arbiter who would make a final, binding decision.
The bill passed the House unanimously with a vote of 95-0. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
For more information, please contact Rep. Jordan’s office at Rep67@ohiohouse.gov or (614)644-6711