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Bill Would Boost State Power to go After Insurance Companies

The state legislature has passed a measure that would require regulators to fine insurance companies that don't pay or underpay doctors' claims. H-M-Os call the bill unnecessary. KPBS Reporter Kenny

Bill Would Boost State Power to go After Insurance Companies

The state legislature has passed a measure that would require regulators to fine insurance companies that don't pay or underpay doctors' claims. H-M-Os call the bill unnecessary.  KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

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Doctors complain they spend way too much time and money chasing down insurance companies for proper payment.

H-M-Os says state regulators already have the ability to go after insurers who don't pay medical claims. And H-M-Os say doctors are free to sue to collect their money.

San Diego physician Ted Mazer says that's absurd.

<b> Dr. Ted Mazer: </b> A doctor suing a health plan over a claim for a hundred or even a thousand dollars, will spend more on legal representation and lost time from taking care of patients, than they can ever get back on the claim.
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California regulators say the measure could turn them into bill collectors.

Governor Schwarzenegger hasn't taken a position on the measure.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.