Medical bill As of December 2018,25 states offered some protection against surprise billing, and theprotections in nine of those states were considered“comprehensive.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

California has some of the nation's strongest protectionsagainst surprise medical bills. But many Californiansstill get slammed with huge out-of-network charges.

State lawmakers are now trying to close gaps in the law with abill that would limit how much hospitals outside of a patient'sinsurance network can charge for emergency care.

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