OKLAHOMA CITY – Health care consumers are reportedly getting a good faith estimate of a medical bill under a measure passed by a Senate committee on Thursday.
Senate Bill 548, by Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, passed the Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee by a 12-1 vote.
Daniels said the bill required healthcare providers who, by practice, report clients to a collection agency or credit bureau to provide the client with a good faith estimate before the cost of a proceeding. .
“If you are not going to declare a medical debt or use collection agencies, this bill does not apply to you,” she said.
Daniels said more than 50% of bankruptcies are the result of medical debt.
She said that one of the benefits of the measure is the creation of smart healthcare consumers who will seek competitive prices, slowly lowering the cost for everyone.
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