Lawmakers Seek to Weaken Ban on Surprise Medical Bills

1/17/2022 10:45:00 PM
Lawmakers Seek to Weaken Ban on Surprise Medical Bills

'Who says bipartisanship is dead? Dozens of congressional Democrats are joining hands with Republicans to sabotage the Biden administration's implementation of the new ban on surprise medical bills.'

'Who says bipartisanship is dead? Dozens of congressional Democrats are joining hands with Republicans to sabotage the Biden administration's implementation of the new ban on surprise medical bills.'

'Who says bipartisanship is dead? Dozens of congressional Democrats are joining hands with Republicans to sabotage the Biden administration's implementation of the new ban on surprise medical bills.'

"Despite plaintiffs' questionable legal reasoning," key lawmakers from both major parties have thrown their weight behind the lawsuits,Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) are among the members of Congress who have supported the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and other proponents of privatized healthcare in their mission to get the rule thrown out in federal court.

"Who says bipartisanship is dead?" tweeted reporter Austin Ahlman.that opponents of the new rule are motivated by the fact that the dispute resolution process favored by the Biden administration"has the potential to drive down the high prices U.S. providers charge compared to other countries, stoking fears in the healthcare industry that it would lead to standardized rates. The drop in prices would at least partially be returned to Americans in the form of lower health insurance premiums."

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Even though experts say the provision—which requires insurers and healthcare providers to rely on median in-network prices to settle billing disputes—is consistent with the text of the No Surprises Act, leading opponents have filed numerous lawsuits alleging that the Biden administration's move exceeded Congress' intentions. "Despite plaintiffs' questionable legal reasoning," key lawmakers from both major parties have thrown their weight behind the lawsuits, The Intercept reported. Residents reported the incident to media on Sunday."Their apparent aim is to bolster providers' legal arguments that the Biden administration went beyond Congress' intent in crafting the rule that governs the resolution of unpaid medical bills.Videx=CNN." Sen. Security forces were forced to retreat, leaving the attackers to burn shops and grain silos and take cattle into the early hours of Saturday, he said. Bill Cassidy (R-La. In December, Chief Operating Officer Daniel Alegre said in a staff letter that Activision was committed to increasing the share of women and nonbinary employees by 50% within the next five years to more than one third of the total, and to being more transparent about workplace issues.

), Sen. (They) kidnapped the community leader of Dankade and many villagers, mostly women and children," Karman said.mobile={};CNN. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H. READ MORE: Bandit attacks leave hundreds dead in Nigeria this week Village 'littered with dead bodies' Didzi Umar Bunu, son of the abducted community leader, said the gunmen had returned early on Sunday and torched more houses.), and Rep.then(function () {CNN. Richard Neal (D-Mass. Dankade village is littered with dead bodies," he said on the phone. The Journal’s November article reported that Activision had received more than 500 reports of workplace misconduct and other issues since the California agency’s July lawsuit, a figure Ms.

) are among the members of Congress who have supported the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and other proponents of privatized healthcare in their mission to get the rule thrown out in federal court. The American Hospital Association has previously to Neal as its"friend in Washington. Kebbi shares a border with Zamfara, where the government in September started a military offensive and imposed a telecoms blackout to rid the state of gangs it calls terrorists.VideoPlayer." "Who says bipartisanship is dead?" tweeted reporter Austin Ahlman. Experts told The Intercept that opponents of the new rule are motivated by the fact that the dispute resolution process favored by the Biden administration"has the potential to drive down the high prices U. Gangs have been terrorising areas of the northwest in recent years, forcing thousands to flee and gaining global notoriety through mass kidnappings at schools for ransom.S.getInstance(containerId) || null;} else {playerInstance=containerId && window. The Activision spokeswoman confirmed the company terminated the two people “within weeks of the initial notice to us.

providers charge compared to other countries, stoking fears in the healthcare industry that it would lead to standardized rates. The drop in prices would at least partially be returned to Americans in the form of lower health insurance premiums." As the investigative outlet explained: Prior to implementation of the No Surprises Act, providers regularly billed patients covered by out-of-network insurers directly for the difference between their rate for a treatment and the insurer's allowed amount.videoInstance. These bills were often substantially higher than the true cost of the procedure or the price a provider would charge an in-network patient. That practice, known as"balance billing," will remain banned regardless of the outcome of litigation. “Sometimes, there are privacy reasons we can’t share.

Instead, providers and insurers will enter forced baseball-style arbitration if they cannot agree on the price for treatment.muted : false;if (CNN. Each side will send the arbiter a payment offer, and the arbiter will pick the offer they think is most fair. At issue in the lawsuits is the administration's interpretation of this process. Under the Biden administration's proposed rules, arbiters must prioritize the median in-network rate when deciding disputes, forcing providers to justify any departure from their typical rates.VideoPlayer. The rule effectively stops them from price-gouging consumers who are out-of-network. The company also has faced questions from major business partners.

Although"price controls for medical treatments are common" in other nations and exist to a limited extent in the U.S.playerProperties[containerId];}if (playerPropertyObj. thanks to Medicaid and Medicare,"U.S. legislators have historically been averse to regulations aimed at standardizing the rates private insurers pay," The Intercept noted.getElementById(unmuteIdSelector));playerInstance. Investors have called and written to the company and its directors in recent weeks, expressing concern about Activision and its board’s handling of misconduct allegations, and about the independence of the board in general, according to people familiar with the communications and to correspondence viewed by the Journal.

"As a result, the majority of the excessive cost Americans pay for healthcare can be attributed to the steep, unregulated prices charged by providers." "Any move toward standardizing these rates poses a threat to providers that rely on inflating patients' bills and forcing them to cover massive surcharges far above the actual cost of the procedure," the outlet added."The providers' investors in particular stand to lose if the new rule is enacted.removeClass('video__unmute--active')." Last May, Hassan and Cassidy—both instrumental to the development of the No Surprises Act—argued in a sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh that when implementing the law, the Biden administration should not prioritize the median in-network rate but should instead follow providers' preferred interpretation. As The Intercept reported,"providers claim the text of the No Surprises Act requires the administration to weigh a number of other potentially extenuating factors, such as the physician's level of experience, equally to the median in-network rate.-based investor, sent a letter to Activision Chairman Brian Kelly calling for an independent review by an outside law firm and saying the board should consider placing Mr.

" "Cassidy released a similar follow-up in late December, but Hassan, whose office did not respond to a request from The Intercept to clarify her position on the administration's interpretation of the rule, did not sign," the outlet noted.find('. Following the Biden administration's release of the arbitration rule last September, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Neal and ranking member Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) sent Becerra, Yellen, and Walsh another that echoed the language used by Hassan and Cassidy. And"in November 2021," The Intercept reported,"a large, bipartisan group of House members also sided with providers in the dispute.removeClass('video__end-slate--inactive'). Reps. Kelly and lead independent director Robert Morgado both have served in their roles for more than 20 years.

Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.autoPlayVideoExist===true) ? true : false;var configObj={thumb: 'none',video: 'weather/2019/04/16/how-to-prepare-for-severe-weather-tornado-wx-orig-llr.), Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) led 150 of their colleagues in a letter that claimed to lay out, in starkly legalistic terms , the congressional intent behind the No Surprises Act.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210328234709-still-nashville-flash-floods-cnne-orig-dig-pkg-small-169. A Fidelity International spokeswoman declined to comment.

" Meanwhile, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210328234709-still-nashville-flash-floods-cnne-orig-dig-pkg-medium-plus-169.), lead author of the bill, and Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sent their own to Becerra, Yellen, and Walsh last year, arguing that the Biden administration's arbitration rule"is consistent with our intent. Kotick, with directors telling some investors that he is the right person to lead the company and pointing to the initiatives taken to change its culture, according to the people familiar with the investor communications.

" Until recently,"courts have typically deferred to executive agencies when faced with ambiguous statutes," The Intercept reported,"but the Trump-stacked federal courts and the conservative Supreme Court are likely to be hostile to any regulation that appears to open the door for federal rate-setting.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210328234709-still-nashville-flash-floods-cnne-orig-dig-pkg-large-169." As journalist James Conner, founder and editor of the Flathead Memo .