Considerations for Policymakers
There is bipartisan consensus that patients should not face surprise medical bills when they receive services from an out-of-network health care provider due to an emergency or other circumstance outside of their control. Fortunately, federal and state policymakers can protect patients by eliminating or limiting these unexpected medical bills.
To help inform policymakers as they debate a range of patient protection options, we have identified key considerations for addressing surprise medical bills. These considerations are informed by policies already adopted in 29 states and the proposals under consideration in Congress. Read more about these policy options here:
- Taking the Patient Out of the Middle
- Scope of Protections
- Resolving Payment Disputes Between Insurers and Providers
- Other Options
We Are Here to Help
Our goal is to help policymakers adopt comprehensive surprise billing protections for patients. Policymakers and staff can contact our team about a specific question or with a broader request for technical assistance. Our experts are available to review materials and consult on policy solutions.