Rep. Spano Joins Sen. Scott with House Legislation to Cut Surprise Medical Bills
Washington, September 9, 2019
Washington, D.C. – With the increase of out-of-network health care providers partnering with in-network facilities, surprise medical billing has become a growing concern for many Americans. That is why Representative Ross Spano (FL-15) recently introduced H.R. 4223, the Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act.
“No one should have to worry about unexpected bills that could take a lifetime to pay off, especially when they are already paying for health insurance. It’s an honor to join Senator Rick Scott in continuing our efforts to address this increasingly common issue. I truly hope we can do for all Americans what we were able to do for all Floridians,” said Representative Spano.
In 2016, then-Florida State Representative Spano cosponsored HB 221, legislation spearheaded by then-Governor Scott. The bill aimed to end the ongoing issue of patients receiving thousands of dollars of unexpected bills after routine medical visits.
Senator Rick Scott said, “One way we can lower the cost of healthcare for American families is to force hospitals to be more transparent in their medical billing. There is no reason patients should be surprised by unconscionable charges for simple procedures and every patient should know what the price will be up front. I fought for and signed similar legislation as Governor of Florida, and this common sense idea will help all American families.”
H.R. 4223, which is a companion bill to Sen. Scott’s legislation, S. 1226, the Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act, would outlaw balance billing for patients covered by ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) healthcare plans for all emergency services, and for any non-emergency services provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital where the patient was given no opportunity to select an in-network provider.