Washington, DC – Following the release of the latest COVID relief legislation from the U.S. House of Representatives, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement:

“Establishing guardrails to prevent surprise medical bills from private equity firms and out-of-network providers in exchange for receiving billions in taxpayer funding is common-sense, good policy. But these provisions alone don’t provide long-term protection against the exorbitant out-of-network charges that patients will inevitably face as the crisis continues.

Delaying comprehensive federal action on surprise medical billing will continue to expose millions of newly uninsured and unemployed to the whims of private equity and out-of-network providers that have a business model designed to exploit patients at their most vulnerable. If we are going to strengthen our response to public health emergencies now and in the future, Congress needs to protect patients and their families with a permanent surprise medical billing ban and support fair, market-based rates for out-of-network care.”