In order to ensure that the No Surprises Act is implemented in a way that protects patients and lowers health care costs, nearly 50 organizations representing consumers, employers, patients, and workers have sent the attached letter to the Biden administration.
The groups are specifically asking the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury to follow through on the promise of the No Surprises Act to eliminate surprise medical billing and safeguard consumers from provider charges that increase out-of-pocket costs and raise consumer premiums. They emphasize that Congressional intent can only be honored by drafting regulations that make the qualifying payment amount (QPA), on which patient cost-sharing is based, the primary factor in resolving payment disputes, as the plain legislative language of the No Surprises Act makes clear.
The letter was signed by a diverse group of stakeholders, including Families USA Action, American Benefits Council, AFL-CIO, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the ERISA Industry Committee, Purchaser Business Group on Health, U.S. PIRG, and UniteHere.
The goal of the letter is to highlight that there is broad consensus among key constituencies for prioritizing protecting the health and financial well-being of patients in accordance with the legislation.