WASHINGTON, D.C. – (August 25, 2023) – The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement in response to the decision rendered in the Texas Medical Association v. United States Department of Health and Human Services case challenging provisions of the final rule issued on the No Surprises Act:

This ruling is bad for patients, jeopardizing their protections under the No Surprises Act and very likely raising costs. The No Surprises Act has prevented roughly 20 million surprise bills – a small fraction of which have been subject to arbitration and thus affected by the three other lawsuits filed by Texas physicians.

Unfortunately, private-equity’s latest strategy is to limit patient protections and gut the cost-lowering provisions by weakening or outright eliminating the implementing regulations. We will keep reviewing the ruling, but we have severe concerns with the far-reaching implications of this decision.