We have already discussed the discrimination faced by patients with Medicaid, but issues also exist for patients without any insurance. On January 1, 2007, a new state law took effect prohibiting hospitals from overbilling low to middle-income patients who are uninsured or have limited insurance. Under the new law, hospital charges for those patients can be no more than the highest rates charged by Medicare, workers compensation or other government programs. This legislation ended a five-year legislative battle between consumer advocates and the hospital industry.
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