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Physicians Commend Morelle-Taylor Proposed Framework to to Ban Surprise Medical Bills

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Tue, 05/21/2019 - 18:28

WASHINGTON – Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC), a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of tens of thousands of physicians, issued the below statement on the proposed framework to ban surprise medical bills that was released by Representatives Joseph D. Morelle (D-NY-25) and Van Taylor (R-TX-03), members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor: 


“We commend  House Education and Labor Committee members Representatives Morelle and Taylor for their work to protect patients from surprise medical bills,” said Dr. Sherif Zaafran, Chair of Physicians for Fair Coverage. “Across the country, there has been a groundswell of support in the states to ban surprise medical bills. Representatives Morelle and Taylor know firsthand that the only model that has already proven effective at the state level is an independent dispute resolution (IDR) model like the one in their proposed framework. Rep. Morelle was in the legislature in New York when they passed their bipartisan reform in 2014 to ban surprise billing, and Rep. Taylor’s home state of Texas just passed a similar bipartisan solution. We urge Congress to protect patients from surprise medical bills by passing federal legislation with the proven IDR process that ensures patients are no longer a bargaining chip.”




About Physicians for Fair Coverage


Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC) is comprised of tens of thousands of physicians in a variety of specialties serving communities in all 50 states. Its partners include the National Patient Advocate Foundation, the Emergency Department Practice Management Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Emergency Medicine, the Society of Hospital Medicine, multiple state medical societies, and dozens of other state physician and patient organizations. To learn more, visit www.endtheinsurancegap.org.


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