Support House Legislation to End Surprise Billing and Put Patients First!
Recently, U.S. Representatives Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) and Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting patients from surprise medical bills. When it comes to surprise medical billing, any legislative solution MUST first protect patients. That is why the AAO-HNS needs your help to encourage lawmakers to cosponsor the “Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act” (H.R. 3502), a bill that truly protects patients’ access to care without adding unnecessary cost or delay.
The Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act makes the following reforms:
- Bans the practice of billing patients for unanticipated out-of-network care;
- Implements a ‘baseball-style’ arbitration model that identifies a reasonable payment rate when insurers and providers cannot agree on the cost of care;
- Improves transparency by requiring health plans and hospitals to clearly identify in-network providers and patients’ deductibles.
Surprise billing threatens the physician-patient relationship, and we must work toward a commonsense solution that puts patients first without eliminating a physician’s ability to negotiate. Email your lawmakers now and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 3502, the “Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act”.