WASHINGTON, DC – With the No Surprises Act preventing more than 1 million surprise bills per month, three in four voters are concerned that pending lawsuits from providers and hospitals could weaken the patient protections that stop these bills from reaching consumers in the first place, according to a new survey conducted by Morning Consult.

The latest survey, commissioned by the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing (CASMB) comes as out-of-network providers and private equity-backed doctors continue to undermine the No Surprises Act on multiple fronts, including through ongoing legal action and through continued reliance on the federal independent dispute resolution process (IDR) to increase their reimbursement. Together, these latest actions threaten to weaken the law’s patient protections and measures to lower out-of-pocket costs.

Highlights of the survey include:

  • Three in four voters are concerned that these lawsuits could weaken the patient protections included in the No Surprises Act.
  • An overwhelming majority of voters (76%) are concerned that these lawsuits could increase health care costs for patients.
  • Nearly four in five voters expressed concern that a coalition of private equity-backed providers will weaken patient protections in the landmark No Surprises Act.
  • Seven in ten voters view the legislation as successful after learning that the No Surprises Act protected patients from more than 10 million surprise medicals bills in the first nine months of 2023.
  • More than four in five voters are concerned about rising health care costs due to increasing concerns about inflation.

A full breakdown of the polling results can be accessed here.