JUNE 19, WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the release of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) bipartisan legislative package to end surprise billing, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing issued the following statement:

“We applaud the work and leadership of the Senate HELP Committee and the introduction of comprehensive reforms to protect patients from egregious surprise medical bills. The Committee’s latest proposal to include a benchmark rate for out-of-network services would solve one of the persistent loopholes in the system.”

“By aligning out-of-network charges with market-based rates that reflect the actual cost of care, the Senate HELP proposal would ensure providers receive a fair, market-based rate that takes into account geographic cost differences while establishing the necessary safeguards for patients and their families during health emergencies. We applaud the Committee for recognizing the urgency in advancing these reforms in order to put an end to surprise medical billing in the right way.”