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December 12, 2019

For Immediate Release:

HANYS urges Congress to find balanced approach to addressing surprise billing

Statement by HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD

ALBANY, N.Y. — “New York hospitals and health systems are committed to protecting patients from surprise medical bills and are proud to have played a key role in the successful passage and implementation of New York’s landmark Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Law. New York’s law has saved consumers hundreds of millions of dollars and has not had a negative impact on insurance premiums.

“As the debate to protect patients from surprise bills unfolds in Washington, HANYS is proud to work closely with the New York congressional delegation to ensure that federal policies protect patients, while also ensuring strong market dynamics between hospitals and health plans without having to rely on a government-set benchmark rate. To that end, we are pleased to see that the House Ways and Means Committee has announced a plan to address surprise billing that seeks to strike that balance.

“HANYS looks forward to working with New York congressional leaders and the House Ways and Means Committee in the coming months to address this important issue.”

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.