Member organizations of No Surprises: People Against Unfair Medical Bills, representing patients, consumers, and workers, sent this letter to policymakers on Capitol Hill, urging them to protect families from further financial uncertainty as they seek health care services by banning surprise out-of-network bills in the next novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Ending surprise bills for consumers is a critical financial protection for families during a time where they are in need of critical health care services and already vulnerable to unexpected costs. During this time, families need unfettered access to health care services. With unprecedented unemployment and economic uncertainty, a surprise bill for seeking medical care could significantly worsen the financial and health tradeoffs families are already facing.