Families USA Action submitted this Statement for the Record for the September 19, 2023 House Committee on Ways and Means hearing entitled "Reduced Care for Patients: Fallout from Flawed Implementation of Surprise Medical Billing Protections." In it, Families USA Action explains that the No Surprises Act has dual purposes of protecting people from out-of-network surprise medical bills and protectin... read more.
Families USA Action joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and 14 additional consumer and patient organizations in signing this amicus brief defending the No Surprises Act (NSA) in litigation filed by New York surgeon Dr. Daniel Haller and his practice attempting to invalidate the law. Haller is challenging critical provisions of the NSA that prohibit providers from balance billing patients a... read more.
Families USA Action joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and nine other consumer and patient organizations in signing an amicus brief in support of the federal government’s appeal of the district court’s ruling in a No Surprises Act case. The Texas Medical Association, joined by LifeNet and other providers, had challenged the federal government's implementation of the No Surprises Act. ... read more.
WASHINGTON, DC – Families USA Executive Director Frederick Isasi issued the following statement today in response to the Biden administration’s release of the final rule under the No Surprises Act dealing with the design of the process that will settle payments between providers and insurers: “Supporting and implementing strong, comprehensive policies that improve health care affordab... read more.
Newly released numbers from AHIP and Blue Cross Blue Shield of America show the No Surprises Act is preventing 1 million surprise bills a month. This is what the law was intended to do once it went into effect January 1— finally take action and protect consumers from the predatory practice of surprise billing. This landmark legislation is a critical policy to finally help families be rid of t... read more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jane Sheehan, Director of Federal Relations at Families USA, issued the following statement after a federal court in Texas struck down part of the federal law banning surprise medical bills: “The decision in Texas Medical Association v. the United States Department of Health and Human Services is extremely disappointing and puts the interests of some select providers and th... read more.
Earlier today Families USA Action sent this to the media: We wanted to drop you a note to share Families USA Action’s perspective on the surprise medical bills interim final rule (IFR) issued by the Biden administration today – the third under the No Surprises Act, which FUSA strongly supported when Congress passed it last year. These proposals are always dense, and we’re still fully ... read more.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY- To speak with Jane Sheehan, Director of Federal Relations, about the letter, please contact Lisa Holland at email@example.com. Diverse Stakeholders Urge Rulemakers to Ensure No Surprises Act Implementation Protects Patients and Decreases Health Care Costs In order to ensure that the No Surprises Act is implemented in a way that protects p... read more.
The undersigned members of the No Surprises campaign applaud Congress for passing bipartisan legislation that will put the unfair and harmful practice of surprise billing to an end. Out-of-network balance billing has plagued consumers for decades and has left families on the hook for hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands of dollars of bills they did not plan for and are often unable t... read more.
The undersigned members of the No Surprises campaign believe that the bipartisan surprise billing compromise announced by the key committees of jurisdiction on December 11 represents a critical step forward in protecting consumers from egregious surprise medical bills. It is critical that Congress fulfills its promise to consumers and passes surprise billing protections as part of a year-end pac... read more.
Washington, D.C. – Frederick Isasi, Executive Director of Families USA Action, released the following statement regarding reports that Congressional leaders are nearing a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on legislation to end surprise medical bills We welcome news that key Committees of jurisdiction in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are making progress on a path fo... read more.
https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/congress-letting-our-nation-down-new-poll-shows-nearly-90-of-voters-want-congress-to-act-immediately-to-pass-legislation-to-protect-patients-from-surprise-medical-bills/ ... read more.
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https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-oppose-ruiz-amendment-and-support-underlying-surprise-billing/ read more.
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https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-energy-and-commerce-committees-draft-legislation-will-provide-critical-protection-for-consumers-from-surprise-medical-bills/ ... read more.
https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-frederick-isasi-will-testify-at-the-house-education-and-labor-committee-hearing-on-surprise-medical-bills-will-tell-congress-that-distorted-economic-incentives-in-the-heal/ ... read more.
Now that the No Surprises Act protections are in eﬀect, we continue to provide resources about the statute. See our resources tab to learn more about the new law and our eﬀorts to keep it strong for consumers. You can also visit the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ website on the law for more information: https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises.
Jane Sheehan, Director of Federal Relations