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BREAKING: 27 Patient and Consumer Advocacy Groups Back Bicameral, Bipartisan Surprise Billing Deal


12.11.19

WASHINGTON, DC – 27 patient and consumer advocacy groups announced support for the deal reached by bicameral, bipartisan leaders to protect patients from surprise medical billing. In a statement, groups representing Americans facing serious acute, chronic health conditions, welcomed the legislation and urged Congress to act swiftly to send the package to President Trump’s desk.

“The bipartisan agreement reached by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to protect patients and consumers from surprise medical bills is greatly welcomed,” the groups said in the joint statement. “Our organizations express our deep appreciation to HELP Committee Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden for their understanding of the devastating financial impact that surprise billing has on those it affects, and for their persistence in reaching this agreement. We urge Congressional leaders to ensure this legislation can move swiftly before the end of the year.”

This comes as the Trump Administration recently backed the agreement to protect patients from surprise medical billing. “This compromise reflects the input of doctors and hospitals and is the result of months of delicate work to reach a deal among congressional members and the White House that protects patients,” the White House said in a statement.

The groups announcing their support include:

Adult Congenital Heart Association

Alpha-1 Foundation

ALS Association

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association

American Kidney Fund

American Liver Foundation

American Lung Association

Arthritis Foundation

COPD Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Epilepsy Foundation

Family Voices

Hemophilia Federation of America

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Mended Little Hearts

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

National Health Council

National Hemophilia Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Organization of Rare Disorders

National Psoriasis Foundation

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Susan G. Komen

WomenHeart

CLICK HERE to read the full statement of support.

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