What is a Surprise Medical Bill?

September 21, 2020

There is a growing need for medical insurance and billing literacy in our communities due to an increase in surprise medical billing. Surprise medical billing is when individuals that are facing medical challenges come home from hospitals to find excessive bills for items that they thought were covered by insurance. Our resolution to stop surprise medical bills was to sponsor and pass surprise medical bill legislation, HB 888, directly targeting surprise medical bills operators. How to handle surprise medical bills is to take the patient out of the fight between the insurance companies and medical providers through the surprise medical bill law. It’s no surprise to learn of the insurance industry lobbying surprise medical billing legislation. As the fight for quality healthcare continues across the entire state of Georgia, we celebrate the passing of the stop surprise medical bills act and support Medicaid waivers that ensure coverage is extended to those that can’t afford insurance and that additional options are brought into the marketplace for those with lack of choices for coverage.  

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In 2023 the Georgia State Senate District 17 will encompass parts of Walton, Newton, Henry, and Morgan with over 150,000 registered voters. Brian Strickland entered his third full term in the Georgia Senate in 2021. Brian, his wife Lindsay, and their two children reside in McDonough, GA. Through Brian’s leadership position at the capitol where he fights for District 17, and all of Georgia, he has impacted Georgia for the better through various executed actions.  Not only did Brian support the First Responder bill which aids police, firefighter, and EMS personnel but he was a key player in the passing of the Georgia Criminal Justice reform bills and Georgia Surprise Medical bills. Above and beyond that, Brian labored to bring funding to Southern Crescent Technical College making it one of the top technical schools in Georgia and is constantly raising the bar in the fight against human trafficking.

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