Democrat and Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released draft legislation yesterday to protect patients from surprise hospital bills. For services deemed emergencies, patients would only be responsible for what they would pay for in-network care. The biggest hurdle to attacking surprise billing is resolving payment issues between insurers and providers if providers can no longer balance bill patients.
Notable Quotes: “We strongly oppose approaches that would impose arbitrary rates on providers. Insurers should maintain comprehensive networks and this plan takes us in the opposite direction by removing incentives to contract with providers,” the American Hospital Association commented in a statement.