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Surprise Billing Legislation Gets Bipartisan Boost in House

May 14, 2019, 4:25 PM

The Democratic and Republican heads of the House Energy and Commerce Committee May 14 began circulating a draft bill to tackle surprise medical bills.

The measure from Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and ranking Republican Greg Walden (R-Ore.) tacks closely with the framework released by the White House last week banning balance billing practices and requiring hospital and doctors office to alert patients when they’re likely to be treated by an out-of-network provider. That’s when medical bills can be at their highest for people with insurance.

The pair are also calling for creating a market-based benchmark to resolve out-of-network payment...

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