Here’s a surprise: The No Surprises Act (NSA) passed by Congress in 2020 is working. That’s the word from a research report from the Urban Institute.

Several researchers from the Urban Institute and Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (with backing from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) conducted interviews with 32 regulators and stakeholders representing consumers, payers, hospitals and billing companies. The researchers also used data analysis to review the Act’s efficacy since its passage, and found that it seems to be having the desired effect.

“We wanted to see whether it was doing what it should be doing and were pleased to hear that it seems to be working,” said Urban Institute’s Jack Hoadley, the study’s lead author.

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