President Donald Trump has asked Congress to take on surprise medical bills.
"No one in America should be bankrupted unexpectedly by health care costs that are absolutely out of control". Patients, Trump noted, often find unknown charges in their bill, something he noted was "not a pleasant surprise".
In remarks at the White House, Trump unveiled principles the administration will send to congressional lawmakers to incorporate into a legislative package that would address surprise bills. He added that he planned "to hold insurance companies and hospitals totally accountable". "It also said that patients "should have information about whether providers are in or out of their network and what costs they may face" and that patients "should not receive surprise bills from out-of-network providers they did not choose" and that [f] ederal healthcare expenditures should not increase".
Senior administration officials tell The Associated Press the Republican president on Thursday will outline principles he can support as part of legislation to limit such billing practices.
Saying it's "one of the biggest concerns Americans have about health care", Trump said he wants to stop patients from being ambushed by sky-high medical bills after they receive emergency care from an out-of-network provider.
"No family should be left in financial ruin through no fault of their own, which is why we have been working together on a bipartisan solution to protect patients that we hope to announce soon", Pallone and Walden said.
The proposal would prevent hospitals from charging patients with out-of-network charges greater than what they pay for in-network doctors and services.