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Tell Congress How to Fix Surprise Billing
Congress is considering multiple proposals to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Draft legislation is moving through committees in both the House and Senate with different approaches that affect balance billing.

Let them hear from you personally! We are now at a point in the process where your personal contact and opinion may influence final languages as these various bills move toward floor votes in the House and Senate in the coming weeks.
  • - H.R. 3502, the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe, MD of Tennessee, is modeled after a successful law in New York. It is expected to be marked up in the health subcommittee this week and offers the most promising framework for a positive solution. 
  • - The “No Surprises Act” currently proposed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee is modeled after a failing California law and would harm physicians without addressing the root cause of balance billing.
  • - S. 1895, the Lower Health Care Costs Act, passed out of committee on June 26. It is co-sponsored by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. TMA leaders visited with Sen. Alexander recently to express concerns over aspects of the bill that would cause more physicians to be cut from health plan networks, create access issues, and ultimately increase costs for patients.

Fortunately, legislators in both chambers agree that the first priority is protecting patients from unexpected charges for out-of-network care, but some of the proposed legislation would amount to price fixing, more leverage for insurance companies and more heavy-handed government interference in the delivery of care.
 
We are working with the American Medical Association, Physicians Advocacy Institute and state and national medical specialties to send a uniform message to lawmakers.
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