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Wenstrup Touts New Surprise Medical Billing Legislation

Washington, February 10, 2020 Contact: Christopher Krepich (202-225-3164)
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH) joined Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX), and other members in introducing the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020. This legislation is the House Ways & Means Committee’s bipartisan solution to protect patients from surprise medical bills.

“Patients and their families have enough stress to deal with when getting medical care. Unexpected out-of-pocket bills add unnecessary anxiety at a time when patients need to be focused on healing,” said Congressman Wenstrup. “Our comprehensive approach prioritizes protecting patients from surprise bills and provides the tools to both health insurers and health care providers to resolve payment disputes fairly with minimal government involvement. I thank Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady for their hard work and cooperation over the last few months. I look forward to getting these protections from surprise medical billing passed into law this year.”

Congressman Wenstrup also added, “I’m grateful that the base text of this bill contains two important provisions on issues I have long advocated: creating accurate health care provider directories so patients can be certain which doctors are in their network and reporting on the network adequacy health insurance plans and reporting on the outcomes of this legislation to promote access to every type of doctor that patients may need.”

You can view a section-by-section of the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020 here, a summary here, and the full text here.

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