January 5, 2022
The federal No Surprises Act, which aims to eliminate unexpected medical bills outside the network, came into force on January 1, and KHN correspondents came on the air to explain the new law.
KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby appeared on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” on Sunday to provide the background for why the law was needed: Surveys showed that up to 1 in 5 emergency room visits and 1 in 10 elective surgeries resulted in an unexpected, out of network bill.
Julie Rovner, KHN’s Chief Correspondent in Washington and host of KHN’s “What the Health?” podcast, joined NPR / WBUR’s “Here & Now” on Monday. Rovner detailed how the new law’s “baseball arbitration-like process” is supposed to resolve billing disputes between care providers and insurance companies – without leaving patients on the hook.
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