ICYMI: Dueling industry groups to run surprise medical bills ads during Democratic presidential debate
Below is an excerpt from Open Secrets
Dueling industry groups to run surprise medical bills ads during Democratic presidential debate
The bills are stalled, however, amid a tug of war between two vying forces: physician and hospital-backed groups and a secretive dark money organization launched multi-million dollar ad campaigns attacking insurers, while the well-financed insurance industry countered with its own lobbying and ad campaigns.
The fight stretches into Thursday night as two groups pour in tens of thousands to...
Below is an excerpt from a Morning Consult Op-Ed by D. Taylor and James Gelfand
Employers provide health benefits to over 181 million Americans who overwhelmingly like and want to keep this coverage. We recognize, however, that rising prices – particularly out-of-pocket prices that patients and families pay – are an increasing problem.
With the Federal Reserve Board reporting that 40 percent of Americans don’t have $400 in the bank to cover an emergency expense, it is more critical than ever that business and labor work together to do everything possible to provide affordable and comprehensive coverage, which requires us...
Below is an excerpt from Axios
Hospitals’ Dog In The Surprise Billing Fight
Although the surprise billing debate is often framed as a battle between insurers and doctors, hospitals also have a huge financial stake in the issue and are fighting tooth and nail to make sure they get their way.
Why it matters: Congress' effort to rein in surprise medical bills is on the rocks, thanks largely to industry opposition, and its failure would leave patients at risk.
How it works: Congress' leading solution would set a benchmark rate that insurers would pay the doctors and hospitals who are outside...
ICYMI: Shaheen says she ‘will not be intimidated’ by TV, mail ads opposing ban on surprise medical billing
Below is an excerpt from WMUR
Shaheen says she ‘will not be intimidated’ by TV, mail ads opposing ban on surprise medical billing
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Friday she “will not be intimidated” by a secretive group airing ads on television in New Hampshire and across the country calling on members of Congress to oppose pending legislation to reform the practice of surprise medical billing.
Shaheen’s comments came after the New York Times exposed the chief funders behind a group calling itself Doctor Patient Unity as TeamHealth and EnvisionHealthcare, described by the Times as private equity-backed companies that own physician...
Below is an excerpt from Politico
Health groups revealed behind dark money campaign to sink 'surprise' billing fix
A group calling itself Doctor Patient Unity has spent nearly $30 million on a campaign designed to kill the leading congressional legislation that would make it harder for hospitals and doctors to spring massive, unexpected bills on patients.
Its funding source has been secret thanks to the rules surrounding this “dark money” group, but multiple sources tell POLITICO that doctor staffing firms Envision Healthcare and TeamHealth are significant sponsors — showing just how powerful corporate medicine has become in trying to...
Below is an excerpt from the New York Times
Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’
Early this summer, Congress appeared on its way to eradicating the large medical bills that have shocked many patients after emergency care. The legislation to end out-of-network charges was popular and had support from both sides of the aisle. President Trump promised his support.
Then, in late July, a mysterious group called Doctor Patient Unity showed up. It poured vast sums of money — now more than $28 million — into ads opposing the legislation, without disclosing its staff or...