Yes, while out-of-network billsare an unpleasant reality for too many Americans, there is somejustification for them. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When the Senate announced last week a bipartisan bill toput an end to surprise medical bills, it seemedlike a slam dunk: finally, something Democrats and Republicanscould agree on! Who wouldn't want to put an end to costly, oftenunexpected out-of-network medical bills burdening healthcare consumers?

Out-of-network providers who don't want to be beholden to priceconstraints set by outsiders, that's who.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is director, content analytics for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.