The era of surprise medical bills may be ending (CNBC)

“The No Surprises Act, which takes effect in 2022, will greatly reduce the number of unanticipated out-of-network medical bills that many people are hit with during emergency medical treatment.”

“Starting in 2022, there will be only a few cases in which a patient can get an out-of-network bill for a medical visit that they believed was covered by their insurer. (Those exceptions include ground ambulances, any non-emergency service treatments at an urgent care facility and if you’ve given informed and written consent for an uncovered treatment.)”

“Some insurers offer partial out-of-network coverage, but leave the person on the hook for the remaining tab, a practice called balance billing. Other insurers force patients to shoulder the entire uncovered costs.”

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working to create a complaint process for violations of the law, and [a spokeswoman for the Patient Advocate Foundation] said it will be crucial that patients speak up if they suspect they’ve been balance billed.”

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