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“Balance billing is ripe for a federal solution,” says one expert, noting that current health plan regulation “leaves open a vast number of people that aren’t covered by those laws.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

With frustration growing among Americans who are being charged exorbitant prices for medical treatment, a bipartisan group of senators Tuesday unveiled a plan to protect patients from surprise bills and high charges from hospitals or doctors who are not in their insurance networks.

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