New federal law will help protect Pa. residents against surprise medical bills, Wolf admin says
The newly enacted federal law took effect on Jan. 1. It prevents patients from receiving surprise medical bills by “requiring that emergency services are billed as in-network, without needing prior approval” and by banning specific “out-of-network charges and balance billing without advance notice,” according to the department
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The No Surprises Act, was passed by Congress last December as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act to protect patients and address surprise medical bills by requiring that health care providers and facilities provide patients with a "good faith estimate" for care.
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For decades, Americans and public payers have, by-and-large, accepted accelerating health care costs. Yet, with costs around 18 percent of GDP and exerting intense pressure of public and private budgets, the health care sector has drawn greater scrutiny.