WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) went on Good Morning America to discuss their bipartisan bill – the No Surprises Act – to protect patients from surprise medical billing.
Good Morning America shared the story of a couple who, like far too many Americans, were blindsided by a $11,000 surprise medical bill. The host asked if the lawmakers will be intimated by ads criticizing the legislation. (Nope, and as Rep. Walden said, “we are going forward.”)
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Two quick points.
First, we are making progress to stop surprise billing. Committee leaders from the House and Senate are meeting regularly to determine the path forward to achieve our shared goal: legislation that can pass both chambers, and be signed into law to end surprise billing.
Second, there is broad agreement on the major tenets of surprise billing legislation, which President Trump has also signaled he supports (VIDEO). For instance, the Senate bill includes protections for air ambulance patients, which the House agrees should be in the final bill.
Bottom line: Walden and Pallone will not be distracted from their bipartisan work to protect patients from surprise bills. The goal has always been to include the bill in a larger year-end spending package because our surprise billing proposal saves billions over 10 years, savings that will lower health care costs for Americans. That goal remains within reach.