Surprise medical bills, an ongoing issue impacting nearly half of all Americans, can be especially problematic during an infectious disease pandemic. Decreased access to medical care and increased financial strain are especially dangerous during this time, when public health depends on each individual’s personal ability to become and stay well. The possibility of receiving a surprise medical bill, which can be financially ruinous, often deters people from seeking necessary care. [Learn] about what legislators and policymakers are doing to protect patients’ financial and physical health during the pandemic.

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