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Committee Advances Wenstrup-Backed Bill to Combat Surprise Billing

Washington, February 12, 2020 Contact: Christopher Krepich (202-225-3164)
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the House Ways & Means Committee unanimously approved the Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020. Congressman Wenstrup D.P.M., an original cosponsor of the legislation, offered the following statement:

 “When Ronald Reagan was on the operating table after getting shot, he jokingly said to the surgeons, ‘please tell me you’re Republicans.’ Today, he would say, ‘Please tell me you’re in-network.’” said Congressman Bad Wenstrup.

“Protecting patients from surprise bills has been the top priority for this committee from day one. I’m grateful that we were able to find a bipartisan solution to this issue after taking the time to listen to experts and stakeholders. I commend Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady for their leadership and look forward to getting surprise medical billing legislation to the President’s desk soon.”

The Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act contained two key consumer protection provisions championed by Congressman Wenstrup. First, it included the Know Your Providers Act of 2020, which creates an accurate Provider Director so patients know which providers are in their insurer’s network. In addition, it requires GAO reporting on the network adequacy of health insurance plans and overall impacts of the legislation.

You can view the Congressman’s remarks at the mark up here.

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

The GOP Doctors CaucusAmerican College of Emergency PhysiciansAmerican Medical AssociationAmerican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, College of American PathologistsAmerican Hospital AssociationFederation of American Hospitals, America's Essential Hospitals, Association of American Medical Colleges, and Catholic Health Association have indicated support for the bill.

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