Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has cosponsored new bipartisan legislation in Congress to protect patients and stop the practice of unfair and expensive surprise medical bills.
H.R. 3502, the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act, would take steps to end surprise billing, ensuring Michigan families are not bankrupted by surprise medical bills.
"When a patient has a medical emergency, the last thing you should have to worry about is an unexpected medical bill," Congressman Kildee said. "I am proud to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation to help lower health care costs and promote transparency in our health care system. If there is a payment dispute between insurance companies and health care providers, patients should not be stuck paying the bill. Protecting patients from surprise medical bills is one way Congress can act immediately to help bring down out of pocket health care costs for families."
Surprise medical bills occur when health care providers and insurance companies cannot agree on the cost of care. The Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act would:
Ban the practice of billing patients for care they had no way of knowing was not fully covered;
Implement a model that identifies a reasonable payment rate when insurers and providers cannot agree on the cost of care;
Improve transparency by requiring health care plans to clearly identify in-network providers and patients' deductibles.
Congressman Kildee continues to work to lower the cost of health care for Michigan families. In Michigan, Congressman Kildee has met with local health care leaders and community members to discuss ways he can help lower health care costs, expand coverage for families and protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. He has championed both H.R. 987 and H.R. 986, which would help to rein in the soaring costs of prescription drugs and protect those with pre-existing conditions.