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Surprise Medical Bills Curbed Under Bill Passed by House Panel (1)

July 17, 2019, 5:29 PMUpdated: July 17, 2019, 9:20 PM

Legislation that would protect patients from unexpected bills in emergencies and when procedures are done at in-network hospitals by out-of-network doctors passed a House committee July 17.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the No Surprises Act (H.R. 3630) on a voice vote.

Republicans and Democrats—and all segments of the health-care industry—agree that patients should be held harmless for what are called surprise bills. But doctors and hospitals disagree with insurers and employers about how to resolve billing disputes.

Some patients have received bills for tens of thousands of dollars after being treated in emergencies or when ...

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