hospital bill H.R. 861 would require any hospital seeking to participate in Medicare to provide any out-of-network insured patients  with detailed out-of-network cost notices. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While Congress is rightfully considering ways to ban balance billing when patients receive treatment for emergency care and for care at in-network facilities, more can be done to protect patients from surprise medical bills, according to the National Business Group on Health.

The trade association representing 448 primarily large employers submitted a comment letter to the House Ways and Means subcommittee, to be placed on record as written testimony for the subcommittee’s hearing last month on limiting surprise medical bills for patients.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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