Surprise Medical Bills Prompt Congress to Search for Remedies

April 2, 2019, 6:01 PM

House lawmakers are promising action to address medical bills that sock people who receive emergency medical treatment from a hospital.

Surprise billing occurs when patients, even with insurance, are presented with unexpectedly high medical bills. Patients should be held harmless against high fees such as out-of-network provider charges, Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)., head of the House Education and Labor’s health subcommittee, said at the first congressional hearing on the issue this year. She also praised proposals that ban balance billing, where hospitals send patients a bill for any charges their insurers don’t cover.

“Only Congress can fully close the gaps and ...

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