Top Stories: A New State Law To Deal With ‘Balance Billing’; The Cliburn Field Narrows | KERA News

Top Stories: A New State Law To Deal With ‘Balance Billing’; The Cliburn Field Narrows

May 31, 2017

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

The Texas Legislature made a lot of headlines for what it did not agree on, but there was surprising bipartisan support about healthcare.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law meant to ease the pain of surprise medical bills. A system to help Texans challenge these surprise medical bills was established back in 2009, but it wasn’t widely known and many people weren’t eligible. The new law  will make what’s called “meditationaccessible to more people.

The new law covers medical bills from more healthcare providers -- including freestanding emergency rooms. It also requires insurance companies and hospitals to tell you about mediation using standard language that’s easy to understand.

Other stories this morning:

  • A dozen performers have advanced to the semifinals in the Cliburn International Piano Competition.
  • A week from Sunday, the Dallas Theater Center will receive its first Tony award for regional theatre.

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