Leading policy experts and organizations representing consumers, employers and unions have urged Congress to stop discriminatory pricing from bad actors and pursue reforms that would lower costs for millions of Americans. Importantly, everyone agrees that protecting consumers means avoiding a costly, burdensome arbitration proposal that would incentivize price-gouging moving forward. Learn more....
Coalition Launches New Advertising Campaign Highlighting The Costly ‘Surprise’ Behind Private Equity’s Arbitration ‘Solution’
Washington, D.C. – As Congress looks to advance a surprise medical billing solution, the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing launched a new advertising campaign and television ad – “Surprise” – highlighting the motivation behind private equity and hospitals’ push for a costly arbitration provision. This expanded advertising builds on the Coalition’s grassroots effort in the Beltway and in key states to elevate the voices of employees, employers, union members, consumers and patients who have been impacted by bankrupting surprise medical bills.
The Coalition represents leading employer groups, unions, health insurance providers, health organizations and the tens of millions of people they employ and serve each day....
Below are excerpts from an op-ed published in JAMA.
JAMA Op-ed: Surprise Billing In Surgery Time For Action
By Karen E. Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH; Edward Livingston, MD
- "'Surprise' billing occurs when patients with health insurance receive care from a clinician or facility included in their insurer’s network (“in-network”) but unexpectedly receive 'surprise' bills from other clinicians involved in their care... Chhabra and colleagues present a thorough analysis of out-of-network billing for elective operations and find the practice to be both common and potentially financially devastating."
- "Based on their analysis of 347,356 patients who had undergone 1 of 7 common...
From Hospital to Jail - Debtors Face Growing Arrest Threat
By Jack Karp
- "The knock came just four days after Steven Krueger got out of the hospital. He was recovering from back surgery in his home in Idaho Falls when sheriff's deputies arrived with a warrant to bring him to the courthouse. Steve was in a back brace and wasn't supposed to travel, except to the doctor."
- "'I just kind of stood there stunned,' says Mari Krueger, Steve's...
Congress Investigates Private Equity Firm Connection to Surprise Medical Bills
By Jaie Avila
When you go to the emergency room in San Antonio, there's a good chance the doctor who treats you doesn't work for the hospital. News 4 Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila has uncovered some local doctors actually work for one of the biggest investment firms in the country....
Millions of Americans continue receiving bankrupting surprise medical bills. While Congressional action is long past due, the recent proposal from the House Ways & Means Committee is a major step backwards, falling drastically short of providing the comprehensive solution needed to protect vulnerable patients.
The Ways & Means Committee proposal would do little to stop the hospitals and private equity firms that continue to extort patients, employers and American taxpayers with sky high prices for medical care. Adopting the solution advanced by the very same private equity firms and out-of-network providers that send surprise medical bills will create a new loophole for them to demand billions of dollars in additional charges....