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New Stimulus Bill Includes No Surprises Act

surprise medical bills

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Congress passed a $900 billion stimulus bill that includes emergency economic relief, tax cuts, and government funding. It also includes the No Surprises Act which bans surprise medical bills effective January 1, 2022.

A patient may receive a surprise medical bill when they unexpectedly receive care from an out-of-network health care provider. This may happen if the patient receives emergency care or if an out-of-doctor is part of their care during their in-network surgery or hospitalization.

The Act would apply to surprise bills for hospitals, air ambulances, and doctors. Providers would have to agree with health plans and issuers on a payment amount instead of billing patients for unpaid balance.

The Department of Health and Human services will be working with the Departments of Labor and the Treasury to issue regulations regarding methodology and requirements.

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Bill Enright

Bill Enright

Bill Enright is Director of Consulting Services at National Insurance Services (NIS). He’s responsible for the management, fulfillment, and strategic direction of the full benefit consulting clients and services and the professional development of NIS full benefit consulting personnel. Bill is a 29+ year veteran in the employee benefits industry, from insurance carrier, benefit consultant, and now director. He has been published on the topics of health care reform and has served on the advisory committees and insurance lobbying groups at the state and local level. Bill served in the U.S Army Reserves as a non-commissioned officer for 11 years. He’s also involved with Special Olympics, youth sports coaching, and is a small group leader at his church.