Lt. Gov. Patrick Rips Medical Board Rule Concerning Surprise Medical Bills

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Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is pushing back against a proposed rule by the Texas Medical Board that he says would weaken a new law dealing with surprise medical bills. A state law passed this year protects patients with state-regulated health insurance and no choice in their selection of medical providers from being stuck with huge medical bills for out-of-network services. The law, which takes effect on January 1st, requires doctors and insurers to negotiate. The proposed rule would involve having patients sign a waiver agreeing to pay the costs. The Texas Medical Board says it's not trying to undermine the law with a loophole.

Photo: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick speaks at a rally in support of Texas Senator Ted Cruz on October 22, 2018. President Donald Trump addressed the crowd following Patrick. (Getty)

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