Quick Signature: Tell Congress to Ban Surprise Medical Bills!
For the first time ever, Congress has an opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation that will ban surprise medical bills, and would protect patients while holding down health care costs and premiums. That’s right—bipartisan legislation that would have a huge positive impact for families across the country is within reach of passage.
**But dark money from provider groups is pouring into ad campaigns to stop it, so we need everyone to speak out to support this bipartisan legislation.
Bipartisan legislation that helps families? Yes, please! If there’s one thing you would think EVERYONE would agree on, it’s that NO ONE should get a surprise medical bill after receiving medical treatment. However, countless families have experienced receiving a surprise and crushing medical bill—oftentimes for tens of thousands of dollars—after receiving medical treatment.
How do surprise medical bills happen? Most often, someone receives a surprise medical bill after receiving treatment from a provider who is out-of-network during emergency care or receiving care at an in-network facility by an out-of-network practitioner. The Journal of the American Medical Association found that over 40% of emergency room visits end in patients getting out-of-network bills. Forty percent! These bills can be catastrophic for some families, putting them at risk for financial ruin and bankruptcy.
Our petition reads:
As one of over a million members of MomsRising, I am asking you to pass strong legislation to ban surprise medical bills and protect millions of families from economic insecurity and stress.
Surprise medical bills most often occur when someone receives treatment from a provider who is out-of-network during emergency care or receives care at an in-network facility by an out-of-network practitioner. These surprise bills occur across the health care settings and can cause financial catastrophe for families.
We need strong legislation that protects consumers and applies to all providers, holds down costs for patients, and applies to all insurance plans. Please stand on the side of families and take action to protect patients from surprise medical bills by passing legislation to ban surprise medical bills!
Victory on surprise bills will require a sustained effort from people like you, holding our elected leaders accountable to the people, not industry.