Washington, D.C. – The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement in response to the latest January 30, 2023, lawsuit filed by the Texas Medical Association challenging portions of the final rule implementing the No Surprises Act: 

“The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is at it again, issuing their fourth legal challenge to weaken the patient protections provided by the No Surprises Act – putting private equity profits ahead of patients and bringing the total number of lawsuits filed challenging the NSA, implementing regulations, and decisions by IDR entities to 16.

“While profit-driven specialty providers continue to pursue lawsuits that harm patients, the No Surprises Act is protecting Americans – and prevented 9 million surprise bills from reaching patients and their families during the first 9 months of 2022. Even 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 benefits to patients are clear – the No Surprises Act is essential legislation and must be protected as implementation continues.”