Surprise Balance Billing Emerges as Issue in DC

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are expressing interest in addressing the problem of surprise balance billing:  when insured individuals receive unexpected medical bills from providers for services for which they believe they are insured. Surprise balance bills have been a problem for years, with a number of proposals offered in the past to address the problem.  Now, bipartisan support for a solution appears to be growing in Congress. In a new report, the journal Health Affairs describes the issue, outlines balance billing proposals offered in the recent past, and describes the challenges members of Congress now face [...]