HANYS weighs-in with CBO on surprise billing; Members speak on national panel
As part of our ongoing efforts to shape federal legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills, HANYS met this week with the Congressional Budget Office and key members of the New York congressional delegation to address the agency’s assumptions on the budgetary impact of New York’s surprise billing framework. While no official score on the 2015 “New York model” has been released by the CBO, committees of jurisdiction have asked the agency to project possible budget impacts should legislation be developed that reflects New York’s 2015 law. Reports have surfaced that, unofficially, the CBO estimates it could cost the federal government tens of billions of dollars if a similar model is implemented at the national level.
HANYS was pleased to have the opportunity to speak to the data that show the positive impact the 2015 law has had on consumers and providers. HANYS will continue to advocate for surprise billing laws that effectively protect patients and do not set a benchmark rate or include other policies that would undermine hospitals. HANYS thanks Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) for their leadership at yesterday’s meeting and continued partnership, as well as the partnership of our colleagues at the Greater New York Hospital Association who were also at the meeting.
Earlier this week, hospital leaders were on Capitol Hill urging members of Congress to protect patients from surprise medical bills during a briefing hosted by the American Hospital Association. HANYS member Richard Miller, executive vice president and chief business strategy officer at Northwell Health, discussed the positive actions hospitals and health systems have taken to hold patients harmless and cautioned about the unintended consequences of certain proposals, like those that would set a federal benchmark rate for surprise medical bills. HANYS thanks Mr. Miller and all of our members for their continued engagement on this important issue. Contact: Cristina Batt