Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act. This bipartisan legislation prohibits health care providers and insurers from balance billing patients for unanticipated care for which they are not covered, and ensures patients are only responsible for cost-sharing within their insurance coverage.

“Unfortunately, having health insurance coverage does not fully protect Americans from surprise medical bills,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Access to quality health care is already an issue for many North Country families, and being inundated with surprise medical bills only adds to the frustration of our health care system. This bipartisan bill not only prohibits extra billing, but it implements a transparent and fair arbitration process for any billing disputes with providers or insurers. I’m proud to cosponsor this bill and continue my record of advocacy for affordable and accessible health care in our region.”

Currently, patients are often involved in the arduous dispute process when they were unable to control or choose their provider. This bill offers a fair arbitration and negotiation process for disputes on medical claims and billing. Congresswoman Stefanik recently signed a letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee leadership urging the Committee to consider the success of New York State's law based on the arbitration dispute model already in place.