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Pallone & Walden on Committee Passage of No Surprises Act

Jul 17, 2019
Press Release
The Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Advanced Out of Committee by Voice Vote

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) released a joint statement today following full Committee passage of H.R. 3630, the No Surprises Act:

“Today the Energy and Commerce Committee took a significant step forward in our determined effort to protect patients and families from surprise medical bills.  From the outset, our top priority has been to hold patients harmless in situations where, through no fault of their own, they receive a surprise bill from an out-of-network health care provider, and that’s exactly what the No Surprises Act will do.

“With this strong, bipartisan vote, the days of patients receiving financially devastating surprise health care bills are numbered.  The No Surprises Act will shield consumers from these outrageous billing practices while striking a fair balance between the stakeholders who have allowed this clear market failure to persist for decades at the patients’ expense.  We look forward to continuing to work together to advance this bill across the finish line for American patients.”

H.R. 3630, introduced by Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden, was incorporated into H.R. 2328, the Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health Act, with amendments, during a full Committee markup.