Medical bill The proposal wouldhave required hospitals to work directly with health planson billing, leaving the patients responsible only for theirin-network copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. (Photo:Shutterstock)

Citing fierce pushback from hospitals, California lawmakerssidelined a bill Wednesday that would have protected some patientsfrom surprise medical bills by limiting how muchhospitals could charge them for emergency care.

The legislation, which contributed to the intense nationalconversation about surprise medical billing, was scheduled to bedebated Wednesday in the state Senate Health Committee.

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