Reps. Roe, Morelle, Taylor and Shalala on Ways and Means’ Surprise Billing Legislation
WASHINGTON D.C. – Representatives Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Joseph Morelle (D-N.Y.), Van Taylor (R-Texas) and Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) released the following statement in response to legislation introduced by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) on surprise medical billing:
“We have long maintained that it is vital to end the practice of surprise medical billing, which too often leaves patients with overwhelming, unexpected bills as they recover from an emergency. We applaud Chairman Neal and Ranking Member Brady for listening to the concerns of members and advancing legislation that protects patients from these unfair bills and utilizes an Independent Dispute Resolution model to settle the disputed charges.
“Similar to the successful New York model, this legislation will establish an effective and equitable system of resolving billing disputes that provides much-needed relief and peace of mind to patients across America. We endorse the framework put forth under this legislation and look forward to working toward its perfection and passage.”
Note: Reps. Roe, Morelle and Shalala are members of the House Education and Labor Committee who have advocated alongside Rep. Taylor for the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, which establishes an arbitration system based on the New York State model where patients are held harmless for unanticipated costs arising from emergency. Since enactment, New York’s law has yielded $400 million in savings to consumers, a 34% decrease in out-of-network charges, and 9% decrease in in-network emergency room payments, demonstrating the effectiveness of the Independent Dispute Resolution system.