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Sean Hobson / The Texas Tribune

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

It was two summers ago that we saw the tremendous surge of unaccompanied minors and young mothers with children crossing the Rio Grande. They were fleeing out of control gang violence in Central America and surrendering to the first border agent they could find. The numbers of the children and women overwhelmed the immigration system.


If you find yourself in the back of an ambulance, the last thing you want to think about is whether the hospital is in your network of providers and covered by your insurance. Emergency departments are often times staffed by out of network doctors despite being in an "in-network" hospital. That means you are going to get a lot of different bills from a lot of different places. 

How have other states battled "balanced-billing" and what can Texas do?

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