Updated: January 05, 2022 08:43 PM
Created: January 05, 2022 08:27 PM
The "No Surprises Act" is in effect as of Jan. 1.
Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) says it prevents patients from getting surprise medical bills after a visit to the hospital.
"One in five people who visit the emergency room come to find later that there's a surprise bill that they weren't expecting. Maybe it was an anesthesiologist who was out of network ... whatever it is, it shouldn't be your fault," Sen. Smith said.
She said the new law stops surprise medical bills "for good."
"Before the No Surprises Act, the insurance company, the hospital, would just send the bill to the patient and it would be the patient's problem to solve," Smith said. "We changed that by saying no, the insurance company and the hospitals have to work that out."
According to Smith, they'll use an abritration process to make sure the care is paid for fairly.
"What I really like about this solution is that it doesn't require the patient to file a complaint or to get involved in all the paperwork, which we all know can be so confusing when you're dealing with insurance companies," she said.
The bill was passed with bipartisan support.
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