February 14, 2020
Education and Labor, Ways and Means Compete on Surprise Billing Solutions
Surprise billing legislation was poised to be one of fall session’s biggest achievements—a sort of closing salvo for retiring Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who championed the issue in the GOP-led Senate. Strong resistance from provider and insurance lobbies, however, ultimately stalled Sen. Alexander’s bill for the fall. Now that spring session is in full swing, two House proposals have surfaced on the issue. One from Ways and Means seeks to chart out a process without a minimum disputable amount or any mandatory controversial rate-setting terms. The other from Education and Labor more closely aligns with Alexander’s familiar baseball-style arbitration plan. Learn about proposed surprise billing legislation, key provisions of the proposals and what to expect this spring [included].
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