Colored game board pieces Theproposal includes a “backstop” provision under which if the doctorthinks the benchmark reimbursement isn't high enough, the or shecan appeal to an arbitrator. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday approved itsversion of legislation to curb surprise medical bills.

Though this step was an important advance, there's stilla long way forward before Congress agrees on a legislativesolution to this high-profile consumer concern.

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