Columbus– Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) testified before the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee in support of Senate Bill 31, legislation to prohibit health insurance companies from denying payment for services in cases where the insurer provided prior written authorization.
“This bill will address the problems that arise from insurance companies authorizing medical procedures and then denying said medical procedures once completed by healthcare providers thereby leaving the patient to pay for his/her medical cost,” stated Senator Tavares. “This is an unfair practice that penalizes patients leaving them with hefty medical bills that they cannot afford.”

Senate Bill 31 provides for an exception if the authorization was based on inaccurate information provided to the insurance company by the plan member, beneficiary or health care provider.

“Medical providers also bear a heavy burden when insurers do not pay,” stated Tavares. “If they are unable to recover payment from patients, they may be forced to seek alternatives through an appeal process or judicial relief leading to a negative impact on businesses as well.

Senate Bill 31 is co-sponsored by Senators Edna Brown (D-Toledo), Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati). 

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