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Watchdog Slams Big Government “Compromise” on Surprise Billing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) criticized a deal reached by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) to “solve” the issue of surprise billing. Each year, millions of patients receive surprise medical bills in the mail from out-of-network providers after being discharged from an in-network ER. The lawmakers recently agreed to a proposal that would attempt to curb this practice via federal price-fixing, despite the negative repercussions of government intervention in healthcare including the narrowing of insurance networks over the past decade.

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Surprise Billing Resources

Millions of Americans have received surprise medical bills in the mail weeks, or even months, after receiving emergency services at in-network facilities. Policymakers correctly sense that they must act to prevent this pressing issue. But, some lawmakers insist on using federal fiat to impose rate-setting on America’s medical providers. 

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