This week, AHIP and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) released new data, building upon previous survey analysis, highlighting how the No Surprises Act (NSA) has protected millions of Americans from receiving surprise medical bills.
In the first 9 months of 2022, the No Surprises Act prevented 9 million surprise medical bills from reaching American families, underscoring the benefit of the bipartisan law and the success of the patient protections.
The NSA protects patients from surprise medical bills that could lead to financial ruin, and it establishes an arbitration system to resolve payment disputes that takes patients out of the middle.
Unfortunately, the new data also highlights the excessive use and potential abuse of arbitration by some health care providers, causing significant backlogs to the system and contributing to unnecessarily increased health care costs.
Despite these efforts, the data is clear: the requirements of the No Surprises Act are essential to protect consumers from surprise medical bills they did not expect and cannot afford.
Find out more about the survey results here.