Surprise Billing Sign-On Letter
Join Families USA and other members of the No Surprises Coalition by demanding congressional leadership take action to stop surprise billing. Earlier this year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee passed bills to address this issue. Surprise bills affect millions of families and one-in-five emergency room visits result in a surprise medical bill – it is past time for Congress to act.

We are asking congressional leadership to take immediate action by ensuring that surprise bill legislation is included in any end-of-year spending package. Join Families USA, No Surprises Coalition members, and other national partner organizations in signing the attached letter.

Please fill out this form to sign your organization. Deadline to sign by COB Monday, November 11.

Email JSheehan@familiesusa.org with any questions.

A copy of the final letter sent to Congressional leadership and will be shared with you at the email address you provide.


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Speaker Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Minority Leader Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives United States Senate
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510

November XX, 2019

Dear Speaker Pelosi, and Leaders McConnell, McCarthy, and Schumer:

Surprise bills— also known as surprise out-of-network “balance bills”— are an egregious health care cost and are utterly unpredictable for families. Surprise medical bills occur when consumers are charged for care from out-of-network providers that they receive due to no fault of their own. Families who make their best attempt to navigate the health coverage and care system by identifying in-network facilities and providers still receive surprise medical bills that can amount to hundreds, thousands, and even tens-of-thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately, surprise bills are incredibly common. One-in-five emergency department visits results in a surprise medical bill, but this practice can affect families in many different situations, from air and ground emergency transport, to an ancillary testing services being sent to an out-of-network lab. While a number of states have passed laws dealing with surprise bills, for the majority of people in America, including most with employer-sponsored insurance, only Congress can protect them. With thousands of families across the country hit with surprise bills each day, it is past time for this appalling practice to end.

Public polling released today found that more than four in ten voters (44 percent) have received a surprise bill and six out of ten (60 percent) are worried that they will receive one. Nearly 9 out of 10 (87 percent) say it is very important that Congress pass legislation to ban surprise bills. Yet despite overwhelming public support for legislation to ban surprise bills this year, Congress appears to be caught at an impasse. Powerful stakeholders are engaged in a multi-million dollar lobbying war over the details of the bill. Once again, powerful interests are holding patients and families hostage. Inaction on the part of Congress is unacceptable.

Nearly three out of four (74 percent) of voters say they would be concerned if industry lobbying on surprise bills stopped Congress from acting. As leaders of each of your respective Caucuses in Congress, each of you has promised to protect your constituents from surprise bills and bring down health care costs. With Congress now considering its end-of-year policy and budgetary priorities, we urge you to protect patients and consumers.

On behalf of America’s families, we call on you to pass comprehensive legislation to ban surprise billing by the end of 2019.

Sincerely,
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