May 10, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins President Trump, Republican Colleagues at White House Event to End Surprise Medical Bills

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday joined President Donald Trump, along with her Republican colleagues, including Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), at a White House event on surprise medical bills. 

Senator Hassan has been a leader on efforts in the Senate to help end surprise medical bills. She introduced a bill in October 2018 to address the issue and brought as her guest to the State of the Union a Granite Stater who got a surprise bill to help raise awareness for the issue.  

Now, Senator Hassan is working with a bipartisan group of Senators on new legislation to end surprise medical bills.

See below for coverage highlights:

WMUR: President Trump joins Sen. Hassan, other lawmakers in effort to end surprise medical bills

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President Donald Trump is lending his support to Republican and Democratic lawmakers who are leading the effort to end "surprise medical bills."

In October of 2018, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced a bill to end the practice. In February, she hosted Donna Beckman of Seabrook as her guest of honor for Trump's State of the Union address.

In August of 2017, Beckman received a surprise medical bill. "The bills started coming in, and I paid over $700 out of pocket, and I got a $1,600 bill for the physician that saw me for about five minutes," said Beckman.

Beckman turned to social media to warn others about the issue, and Hassan noticed.

[…] Hassan said the legislation would require insurance companies and hospitals to resolve any discrepancies in fees so that patients wouldn't need to worry anymore.

"If they're at an in-network facility for their non-urgent care or in any emergency room, their bill should be limited to what they would pay in network," said Hassan.

Beckman said it's a relief knowing that change is likely.

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