resources_category: Statements

New data: the No Surprises Act is protecting millions of families from surprise medical bills

Fri, May, 27th, 2022

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.

Families USA Action: Federal Judge’s Decision to Strike Down Critical Protection in Surprise Billing Law Puts Profits over Patients and Families

Wed, February, 23rd, 2022

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.

Families USA Action continues to advocate for consumer protection, proper implementation of the No Surprises Act with Part 2 rulemaking comments.

Thu, September, 30th, 2021

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.

Reporter’s Note: Diverse Stakeholders Urge Rulemakers to Ensure No Surprises Act Implementation Protects Patients and Decreases Health Care Costs

Mon, June, 14th, 2021

MEDIA AVAILABILITY- To speak with Jane Sheehan, Director of Federal Relations, about the letter, please contact Lisa Holland at lholland@familiesusa.org.    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.

Statement: At Long Last, Consumers and Their Families Will be Protected from Egregious Surprise Medical Bills

Tue, December, 22nd, 2020

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.

Bipartisan Compromise on Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills is One Vital Piece of the Puzzle for Protecting Consumers

Wed, December, 16th, 2020

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.

Statement: Agreement Coming Together – Congress Must Enact Protections for Families from Surprise Medical Bills Before the End of the Year

Fri, December, 11th, 2020

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.

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

Wed, November, 13th, 2019

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.

Congress Needs to Act Immediately to Stop Surprise Medical Bills, Says National Campaign

Thu, September, 26th, 2019

https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/congress-needs-to-act-immediately-to-stop-surprise-medical-bills-says-national-campaign/ read more.

Oppose the Ruiz Amendment and Support the Underlying Surprise Billing Legislation

Wed, July, 17th, 2019

https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-oppose-ruiz-amendment-and-support-underlying-surprise-billing/ read more.

Senate Leaders Put People before Politics with Bipartisan Effort to Address Surprise Medical Bills and other Health Priorities

Wed, June, 19th, 2019

https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-senate-leaders-put-people-politics-bipartisan-effort-address-surprise/ read more.

Families USA applauds members of the U.S. Senate Bipartisan Working Group for introducing the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act

Fri, May, 17th, 2019

https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-families-usa-applauds-members-us-senate-bipartisan-working-group/ read more.

Energy and Commerce Committee‘s Draft Legislation Will Provide Critical Protection for Consumers from Surprise Medical Bills

Wed, May, 15th, 2019

https://familiesusa.org/press-releases/statement-energy-and-commerce-committees-draft-legislation-will-provide-critical-protection-for-consumers-from-surprise-medical-bills/ ... read more.

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 Health Care Sector are Overwhelming the Interests of Patients and Families”

Mon, April, 1st, 2019

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.

Stay Up To Date

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.

Contact the No Surprises Campaign

Jane Sheehan, Director of Federal Relations
JSheehan@familiesusa.org