Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 72, effective July 2017.

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 72, legislation that will provide California residents with strong new protections against surprise out-of-network medical bills starting July 2017.

The measure mandates that patients who receive care from in-network facilities will have to pay only in-network cost sharing. This change will impact only non-emergency care, since emergency physicians in California are already barred from balance billing patients.

You can expect more details regarding the implementation of AB 72 as information becomes available in 2017. In the meantime, you may view the full text of Assembly Bill 72 here. To see more information on bills scheduled for hearing in the Legislature or action by the Governor, visit CAHU.