If SB 56 goes to the House Insurance Committee, it could have trouble.
Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, sponsored HB 84, and he also chairs the House Insurance Committee. Surprise billing measures that go further to ensure payment of the surprise bills have historically stalled there.
Responding to a question from the floor on why HB 84 didn’t go further, Smith raised concerns with the constitutionality of bills that force insurance companies to pay a certain amount that they have not contracted to pay. That issue, Smith said, can be heard in a subcommittee of his panel: “We will have a hearing but a hearing only.”