Washington, DC – Following the announcement on a new surprise medical billing proposal, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement:

“Surprise medical bills hurt patients, consumers and taxpayers. Americans deserve a solution that protects them from surprise medical bills and lowers costs. We remain committed to working with policymakers from both parties to find a solution – this year – that works for patients, consumers and taxpayers.”

“Arbitration is not a solution. It is a new bureaucratic process that creates another loophole for private equity firms to exploit, fails to protect patients from surprise medical bills and raises costs for taxpayers. A solution based on local, median negotiated rates is the most effective way to safeguard American families from surprise medical bills and save hardworking taxpayers more than $25 billion.”