"There is a national legislation called the Prudent Lay Person Law, which says that your average Joe, if he has what he thinks is an emergency, is entitled to go to the ER, be evaluated and treated for it, and his insurance company can't retrospectively deny it," Anderson said. "That's in place to protect everybody. Not just Medicaid patients -- everybody. Our concern is that the health care authority said that doesn't apply to our clients. We're terrified that other places in the country will feel that it doesn't apply to their clients and constituents as well."
The Healthcare Authority of Washington has been in contact with 15 other states regarding the emergency room limit. If the limit works in Washington, these other states are considering implementing it.
Calls made by ABC News to Washington State officials were not immediately returned, and there are no press releases or news statements pertaining to the issue on the state website.