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White House says no ‘surprise’ bills for COVID-19 patients

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WASHINGTON (AP) --The White House says hospitals taking money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send "surprise" medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19.

Surprise bills happen when a patient with health insurance gets treated at an out-of-network emergency room, or when an out-of-network doctor assists with a hospital procedure.

They can run to tens of thousands of dollars. The stimulus bill created a $100 billion fund for the health care system.

Providers who accept the grants will have to agree not to bill more than patients would have paid in their insurance network.

Associated Press

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