Senate Wants to Go After Surprise Medical Bills

A group of U.S. senators, led by Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, is working on a draft bill that would prohibit out-of-network hospitals and doctors from “balance billing” patients and would force health insurers to pay providers a negotiated amount, The Hill reports.

The bill wouldn’t be introduced until next year, but it shows legislators are getting an earful from constituents who are getting slammed by unexpected medical bills.

Axios: “This is a starting point that likely would anger insurers and would benefit out-of-network providers, because providers would be guaranteed rates that are higher than if they were in the insurance company’s network.”

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