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 protecting them from rising health care costs caused by industry exploitation.
Corporate interests have sought to undermine the No Surprises Act, filing lawsuits, flooding the Independent Dispute Resolution system with claims, and advocating for altered rulemaking, However, as America’s health care affordability crisis continues to grow, Families USA Action calls on Congress to remain steadfast in protecting consumers from surprise medical bills and rising health care costs.
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