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No more ‘surprises’ (access required)

Both the House and Senate unan­imously passed identical legislation this month to remove the risk of sur­prise hospital bills for some Virginians. Surprise bills, or “balance billing,” of­ten occur when patients seek emergen­cy care at an out-of-network hospital, or receive treatment from out-of-net­work doctors at a facility that’s other­wise covered by their insurance. Often patients don’t know ...