Ending Surprise Medical Bills
Millions of Americans have faced the financial burden of surprise medical bills. Thankfully, bipartisan enactment of the No Surprises Act prevented over 9 million surprise bills in the first 9 months of 2022. Despite this success, 16 lawsuits have been filed challenging the law, implementing regulations, and IDR decision process. These lawsuits, often driven by private-equity backed providers, threaten to restrict and even do away with the protections put in place by the No Surprises Act. Recent polling has shown that a bipartisan majority of voters are concerned these lawsuits could delay or overturn the patient protections in the No Surprises Act (73%) and increase health care costs for patients (78%).
The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing represents leading employer groups, unions, health insurance providers, and the tens of millions of people they employ and serve each day. Together, we support comprehensive protections for Americans against surprise medical bills, including:
■ Ensuring that as implementation continues, the No Surprises Act regulations remain in place to serve patients and end the practice of out-of-network providers sending surprise medical bills – while also lowering costs.
■ Maintaining fair and market-based payments for out-of-network care.
■ Reducing Americans’ health insurance premiums and taxpayers’ costs by avoiding an arbitration process that adds unnecessary cost, delay, and red tape to the health system.
Surprise medical billing – also known as “balance billing” – made it harder for patients to afford necessary medical care, and even bankrupted families, often when they least expected it.
Role of Private Equity
Everyone in America deserves affordable, high-quality coverage and care, and control over their health care choices. Surprise medical bills undermine these values, putting the health and financial stability of millions of patients at risk every year. As organizations representing America’s employers, unions and health insurance providers, we all have a role to play in ensuring that patients are informed, engaged, and protected from excessive costs.
New Polling: Bipartisan Majority of Voters Are Concerned About Threats to the No Surprises Act
A recent poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing (CASMB) found a bipartisan majority of voters agree the No Surprises Act has been successful in preventing surprise bills. During the first nine months of 2022, the...
New Polling Shows Voters are Concerned about Threats to the No Surprises Act
WASHINGTON, DC — The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing (CASMB) released new polling which found an overwhelming majority of voters are concerned lawsuits filed against a surprise billing law and implementing regulations could weaken patient protections and...
ICYMI: Industry Experts Explain the Success and Importance of the No Surprises Act
Surprise billing experts recently discussed how the No Surprises Act is providing essential patient protections to help to decrease costs for Americans. During a briefing to provide updates on the No Surprises Act, industry officials discussed amicus briefs filed in...