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Georgia legislators are advancing a bill that aims to prevent patients from getting surprise medical bills. But that proposal could drive up costs across the board.

Details: The most recent version of the bill says that if patients unexpectedly receive "unanticipated ... out-of-network services," health insurers must pay doctors their full pre-insurance charges, or a metric that averages the highest percentiles of local charges — whichever is less.

  • Insurers would also have to pay out-of-network providers their full charges for ER patients, if the patient isn't quickly transferred to an in-network facility.

The catch: These rates would be very high. If doctors know they will get paid their full charges, or something very close to them, why would they accept lower rates by agreeing to be part of insurers' networks?

BTW: The state senator who is sponsoring the bill, Republican Chuck Hufstetler, is an anesthetist. Hufstetler and his office did not respond to questions.

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

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