Putting an End to Surprise Medical Billing


Danial E. Tackett (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: MED002000

Surprise medical bills arise when a consumer covered by a health plan is unexpectedly treated by an out-of-network provider and is required to pay the difference between what the plan pays and the provider’s charge. The issue of surprise bills, which can often expose a consumer to thousands of dollars of unforeseen medical costs, is widespread. In 2017, one in six Americans covered by an employer-sponsored plan received a surprise medical bill for out-of- network care despite having health insurance. One in ten elective hospital admissions and one in five admissions from emergency departments result in surprise bills.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills
Committee on Energy and Commerce

Chapter 2. Ban Surprise Billing Act
Committee on Education and Labor


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