From JAMA Health Forum: Law Banning Surprise Medical Bills Takes Effect
A new law that took effect on January 1 protects patients with private insurance from surprise medical bills for services received in an emergency situation or when care at a facility covered by a patient’s health insurance plan is provided by an out-of-network clinician.
The No Surprises Act, which the US Congress passed in 2020 as part of legislation to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2021 and provide stimulus relief for the COVID-19 pandemic, applies to most surprise bills for emergency care and for nonemergency services received at in-network facilities.
According to a recent issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the federal government estimates that the act will apply to approximately 10 million out-of-network surprise medical bills a year.
Steve Parker, M.D.
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