ACA Doesn’t Preempt State’s Balance-Billing Ban, California Court Finds

(May 13, 2016, 1:27 PM EDT) -- LOS ANGELES — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not preempt California laws barring balance-billing practices, a California appeals court held May 12 (People of the State of California v. Jeannette Martello, No. B253874, Calif. App., 2nd Dist.).

(Opinion available. Document #93-160525-015Z.)

In December 2010, the California Department of Managed Health Care ordered plastic surgeon Jeannette Martello to cease the practice of balance billing, a practice through which outside-network providers bill patients for amounts not covered by insurance.


After Martello ignored several...
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