Ending Surprise Medical Bills

Millions of Americans had faced the financial burden of surprise medical bills. Today, consumers are protected from these unfair charges, and it’s now more important than ever to make sure these consumer protections remain in place.

 

Our Mission

Members of the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing, which represent leading employer groups, unions, health insurance providers and the tens of millions of people they employ and serve each day, support comprehensive protections against surprise medical bills, including:

    • Banning out-of-network providers from sending surprise medical bills to patients.
    • Maintaining fair and market-based payments for out-of-network care.
    • Reducing consumers’ health insurance premiums and taxpayers’ costs by avoiding an arbitration process that adds unnecessary cost, delay and bureaucracy to the health system.

The Problem

Surprise medical billing represented one of the most pressing affordability challenges facing consumers and the country. Millions of patients faced surprise medical bills they did not expect at prices they could not afford.

 

Role of Private Equity

The growing presence of private equity-backed providers is becoming an all too common influence in the health system – and one of the leading drivers behind egregious surprise medical bills that bankrupt families across the country. Out-of-network providers backed by equity firms continue to exploit a market loophole that allow them to charge exorbitant rates at patients’ expense. View the Coalition’s latest advertising on the harmful tactics from private equity firms below and why this practice needs to stop for good at https://ssbn.wpengine.com/private-equity/

The Solution

Congress took an important first step to protect patients from surprise bills with the passage of the No Surprises Act. These bipartisan reforms will ban surprise medical bills, help lower premiums for consumers and employers and save taxpayers more than $17 billion over the next decade. 

 

News

Part 2: Lawsuits Targeting the No Surprises Act

In the second installment of our blog series, we are providing insights into eight provider-driven lawsuits that seek to dismantle the essential patient protections included in the No Surprises Act. A recent blog in Health Affairs by Katie Keith, Director of the...

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Part 1: Understanding the No Surprises Act

The Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing is sharing a four-part blog series to provide a deeper analysis of everything you need to know about the No Surprises Act. The blog series will explain what surprise medical bills are, why the No Surprises Act was passed...

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Take Action

Tell Washington it’s time to protect patients from surprise and unfair medical bills.