Handshake The Education andLabor Committee bill is being criticized for its lack of relianceon an outside arbiter, while the Ways and Means bill does use one—apopular move among doctors and hospitals.

The bipartisan effort to put an end to surprise medicalbilling–a task that on its face should have been quick andeasy–just got even more complicated.

Last week saw the release of two different bipartisan proposalsto tackle surprise billing, one from House Education andLabor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-VA, and ranking memberVirginia Foxx, R-NC and the other from House Ways and MeansCommittee Chairman Richard Neal, D-MA and ranking member KevinBrady, R-TX. It remains to be seen which—if either—will attractenough support to make it through the lawmaking process.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.