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Insurers Ask Congress to Fix Rates to End Surprise Medical Bills

The seventeen organizations representing insurers also urged Congress to prohibit physicians from sending surprise medical bills.

Organizations representing major health insurers are calling on policymakers to set reimbursement rates for services from out-of-network providers to prevent surprise medical bills.

Congress should establish reimbursement rates that “will not increase premiums or impact access for consumers by basing amounts on market rates determined by reasonable, contracted amounts paid by health insurance providers to similar doctors in a geographic area or a percentage of Medicare,” the groups stated in a letter sent by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) on March 18 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and other top politicians.

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