WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) issued the following statement after the Trump administration issued a report on the importance of ending surprise medical billing. Their statement comes as Congress continues to negotiate the next COVID-19 relief package.
“Surprise medical billing has left our constituents on the hook for outrageous and unexpected costs. Now in the middle of a pandemic that is causing unprecedented health and economic challenges, it is more important than ever that we come together on a bipartisan basis to end surprise medical bills. We are committed to continuing to work with our colleagues to get patients the protections that they need and deserve as part of the next COVID-19 relief bill,” said Senators Hassan, Cassidy, and Bennet.
Senators Hassan, Cassidy, and Bennet have led efforts to address surprise medical bills and worked for months with members from both parties to craft the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act to end this practice. Last year, Senators Hassan and Cassidy joined President Trump at a White House event on the need to address this issue. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee – on which Senators Hassan and Cassidy serve – passed legislation to end surprise medical bills as part of a broader package of legislation to address health care costs called the Lower Health Care Costs Act.