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FAH Responds to Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Markup

July 11, 2019 | Chip Kahn

Category: Hearings, Legislation

"Today’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee markup reflects a clear consensus that federal action is essential to protect patients from surprise bills.

"We agree.

"It is encouraging that many Subcommittee members expressed concern about the rate-setting approach this legislation imposes on providers that would affect patient access to care. Once the patient is protected, it is critical that providers are able to obtain a fair payment from payers unencumbered by government intervention. We look forward to working with the Congress on a patient-centered solution to surprise bills.

"We also applaud the Subcommittee for taking action on other bills vital to patient care, including rolling back cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share payments, advancing the reauthorization of the incentive program for nurses to practice in underserved areas and funding the important quality and performance measures oversight work of the National Quality Forum."

For more details, see the letter FAH sent to Subcommittee leaders this morning by clicking here.