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New Cigna + Oscar (C+O) small group sales and renewals will not be offered in 2025. At C+O’s request, all plans and rates have been removed from the quote engine. However, you can still quote or renew your C+O groups through December 15, 2024 by contacting us at or 800.696.4543. Please note: the last day of coverage will be December 14, 2025.

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New California Law Regulates Balance Billing of Ambulance Services

New California Law Regulates Balance Billing of Ambulance Services

Dec 11, 2023, < 1 Minute Read

A new California law bans ground ambulance operators from balance billing patients starting January 1, 2024. Signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 8, 2023, AB-716 limits how much a non-network ambulance operator can charge patients to the amount they would pay for an in-network ambulance. The law applies to state-regulated commercial health plans, including fully insured Small Group plans.

While federal and some state laws ban balance billing for hospital and air ambulance charges, most states, until now, allowed the practice for ground ambulance services – despite patients having no control over which ambulance provider responds in an emergency.

In California, nearly three-quarters of ground ambulance rides result in surprise out-of-network bills, with average charges over $1,200 – the highest in the U.S. Under the new California law, over 14 million state residents with commercial health plans will save an average of nearly $1,100 per emergency ambulance ride and over $800 for non-emergency transports. Health plans will be required to pay county-set ambulance rates, which are approximately $2,000 higher than current insurer payments per ride. But with ambulance services accounting for a small fraction of overall health spending, premium increases should be minimal. Get the details.

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