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Surprise Medical Bills Are Coming to an End

May 6, 2021

From the Kiplinger website

Starting next year, out-of-network health care providers can no longer ambush patients with an unexpected, exorbitant bill. Instead, doctors will need a patient’s consent first to charge an out-of-network rate. “People generally thought surprise medical bills were unfair. There is an element of being blindsided,” says Daniel Klein, president and CEO of the advocacy group Patient Access Network Foundation. The reform could lower health insurance premiums, too. 

The No Surprises Act, which Congress passed late last year, prohibits providers from charging patients out-of-network rates for emergency care and ancillary services, such as anesthesiology, delivered during scheduled procedures at in-network facilities. 

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