Contact Congress Today – Take Action to Protect Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

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Urge your U.S. Representative to Co-Sponsor the “Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act” (H.R. 3502)

ACEP has been working diligently over the past year to advocate for emergency medicine and patients in the surprise billing debate in Congress.  Now we have a bill that we can get behind in the House of Representatives.  We need your help to educate Congress that this is the most reasonable, least disruptive and best solution to protect patients and ensure the long-term viability of your profession.

On June 26, Representative Raul Ruiz, MD, FACEP (D-CA) and Rep. Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) along with 30 original co-sponsors introduced the bi-partisan Protection People from Surprise Medical Bills Act (HR.3502). The legislation is the only proposal that addresses surprise billing that provides a level playing field for physicians and insurers, takes patients out of the middle of billing disputes, continues to ensure that patients have access to health care services.

It is critical that we build momentum and support for H.R. 3502. Other proposals moving through Congress, including legislation pushed through in the Senate HELP Committee yesterday, would have a dramatic impact on the profession, significantly distorting negotiations between insurers and providers and thereby impacting your income.  

ACEP and the broader house of medicine are supportive of the independent dispute resolution model used in H.R. 3502, similar to the one used in New York, to  serve as a backstop to determining reimbursement rates when there is a dispute between physicians and insurers.  Conversely, the Senate HELP bill that was passed out of Committee yesterday, proposes a method promoted by insurance companies – bench-marking to just median in-network rates.

A recent public poll conducted by Morning Consult affirms public support for an independent dispute resolution model vs. rate setting.

Click here to contact your U.S. Representative today to urge him/her to co-sponsor H.R.3502!  We must keep the momentum going for this solution!