Pallone Applauds Implementation of the Ban on Surprise Medical Billing
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today ahead of the No Surprises Act’s ban on surprise medical billing going into effect on January 1, 2022:
“The No Surprises Act’s ban on surprise medical billing is the most significant expansion of consumer protections since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law more than a decade ago.
“Beginning January 1st, consumers will finally be protected from financially devastating surprise medical bills that occur through no fault of their own. The new law takes patients out of the middle of payment disputes between health care providers and insurers and establishes a fair payment resolution process that won’t raise costs.
“I’m grateful to the Biden Administration for their swift implementation of this long-overdue protection. The No Surprises Act is a huge victory for consumers who will now have the peace of mind knowing they will be protected from surprise medical bills going forward.”
Pallone authored the bipartisan No Surprises Act, which was signed into law in December 2020, to protect patients from surprise medical bills and establish a fair payment resolution process between health care providers and health insurance plans.
In October, Pallone and Senate HELP Chair Patty Murray wrote a letter in support of the Biden Administration’s implementation of key provisions of the No Surprises Act. Earlier this month, Pallone released a statement critical of an industry-backed lawsuit to block implementation of the law.