MHA Members Encouraged to Act on Surprise Billing Legislation
Posted on September 05, 2019
Note: This article was updated on Sept. 9, 2019.
MHA member hospitals are asked to support MHA and American Hospital Association (AHA) advocacy efforts on the state and federal levels to protect patients from surprise medical bills while opposing government rate-setting as the solution.
Individuals who seek medical care sometimes receive treatment from physicians or at facilities that are not part of that individual’s health benefit network. Over the summer, committees in the U.S. House and Senate moved on legislation that aimed to relieve patients of the stress of medical bills related to treatments received from physicians or in hospitals that are not part of that patient’s health benefit network.
The MHA is firmly committed to helping patients of surprise medical bills. The association supports legislative efforts at the state and federal level which would prohibit patients from out-of-pocket expense beyond the in-network deductibles and co-pays of their insurance plan. However, the MHA is opposed to any legislative stipulations that set prices for resolving the balance of the out-of-network payment between the insurer and provider.
Michigan hospitals are encouraged contact their members of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to ask for their support in eliminating surprise medical bills to patients, without requiring government rate-setting that gives insurers an unfair market advantage over hospitals and physicians.
The MHA and its members will be conducting in-person meetings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sept. 10. Members are encouraged to call lawmakers to support these visits. For more information about surprise billing, contact Laura Appel at the MHA.
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