Members of No Surprises: People Against Unfair Medical Bills, representing patients, consumers, and workers, are calling for an overdue end to surprise medical bills in the next pandemic relief legislation.

Unanticipated health care costs, like surprise medical bills, financially devastate families and create a chilling effect on the willingness and ability of families to seek screening and treatment during this pandemic. Additionally, HHS and many experts believe surprise bills are even more likely during the COVID-19 pandemic as families are pushed to out-of-network hospitals for health emergencies or routine care due to hospitals and other providers being overrun with COVID-19 patients. Families can no longer wait, Congress must act now.

The letter has been signed by Families USA Action, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Kidney Fund, Americans for Financial Reform, Arthritis Foundation, Community Catalyst, Consumer Reports, Health Access California, Health Care for America Now (HCAN), MomsRising, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Consumers League, National Partnership for Women & Families, Public Citizen, Voices for Progress, and Young Invincibles.