End the surprise insurance gap

Following Today's Markup, PFC Acknowledges Step in the Right Direction and will Continue to Work with Lawmakers to Better Protect Patients in Bid to End Surprise Billing

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Wed, 07/17/2019 - 19:40

WASHINGTON – Today, Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC), a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of tens of thousands of physicians, released the following statement following the House Committee on Energy and Commerce markup on the No Surprises Act.

 

“We’re thankful that lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee recognize that a benchmarking-only approach does not solve surprise billing in a way that works for patients, providers, and hospitals,” said Dr. Sherif Zaafran, Chair of Physicians for Fair Coverage. “We look forward to working to further refine the bill to ensure a meaningful Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) process is available to both providers and payers before the bill moves to the floor.”

 

Background:

Each year, millions of Americans seek emergency care at a hospital, and they do their best to ensure they receive care at an in-network hospital covered by their health insurance plan. However, even if patients receive care at an in-network hospital, they could be treated by an out-of-network physician, which may result in what is commonly referred to as a surprise or balance medical bill.

 

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