Senator Amy Volk Sponsors Bill to Lower Out-of-Network Healthcare Costs

Contact:
Krysta West
Communications Director
Senate Republican Office
(207) 287-1505
krysta.west@legislature.maine.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUSTA – Maine State Senator Amy Volk (R-Cumberland) is sponsoring legislation designed to lower health care costs of those who access medical services outside of their provider’s network.

The bill (LD 666) “An Act to Improve Access to Cost-effective Health Care Services” has been referred to the Legislature’s Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

It would require insurance companies to apply the amount paid for an out-of-network provider toward the enrollee’s member cost sharing as specified in their health care plan if that cost is the same or less than the average statewide payment for the same service.

“We should be doing everything within our power to lower the cost of health care, and this legislation will do that,” Senator Volk said. “Patients sometimes need to access vital services that are outside of their provider’s network, and that often means paying much more. In some cases, they are discouraged from seeking treatment because of the added expense.

“This bill, if it is signed into law, would go a long way toward containing those costs, and I look forward to presenting it to the committee.”

An Act to Improve Access to Cost-effective Health Care Services is expected to be taken up by the Insurance and Financial Services in the coming weeks.

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