Washington, D.C. – The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement following a decision rendered in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Texas Medical Association v. the United States Department of Health and Human Services:

“For years patients have been hit with surprise medical bills from private-equity backed providers. By taking away the protections of the No Surprises Act, patients and families will see higher premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs because of predatory price gouging.

“Yesterday’s decision hurts patients by making health care more expensive and benefits private-equity and out-of-network providers, whose court challenges demonstrate they care more about protecting their own profits. Patients deserve affordable access to high-quality care, not being saddled with the higher costs that will undoubtedly result if this lawsuit prevails.”