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No Surprises Act: Known Impacts on Surprise Medical Bills & What's Next

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No Surprises Act: Known Impacts on Surprise Medical Bills & What's Next

Listen to Health Affairs' Leslie Erdelack and Chris Fleming break down the No Surprises Act which offers patient protections on surprise medical bills.
July 9, 2021

No Surprises Act: Known Impacts on Surprise Medical Bills & What's Next

Last week, the Biden administration issued an interim final rule to implement critical components of the No Surprises Act (NSA).

Building on the Affordable Care Act, the NSA includes new patient protections against surprise medical bills.

About one in five insured adults had an unexpected medical bill from an out-of-network provider, according to a 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation survey. A study released this week found that about one in five newborn hospitalizations or childbirth deliveries result in receiving a surprise medical bill.

These surprise medical bills can cause financial stress to patients and their families.

Listen to Health Affairs‘ Senior Editors Leslie Erdelack and Chris Fleming break down the interim final rule, how it will impact surprise medical bills or “balance billing,” and what we can expect regarding what’s next.

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