History of Surprise Medical Bill Law “No Surprises Act”
The “No Surprises Act” healthcare bill was passed by congress in December 2020 with bipartisan support. Its intended purpose was to eliminate surprise medical bills to patients for services from out-of-network providers.
Using a process called “balance billing,” patients would be billed directly for the difference between what their health plan paid and the billed amount from the out-of-network provider. Often, patients were unaware that out-of-network providers were used, resulting in shockingly high medical bills, especially for emergency room or air-ambulance services.
The surprise medical bill law passed was intended to provide protections similar to those already in place for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.