Huge Victory! Florida Governor Enacts Surprise Medical Bill Protection into Law
Today we celebrate a major victory in your campaign to end surprise medical bills! Just minutes ago, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 221 into law which will ensure that consumers in both emergency and non-emergency situations are not held responsible for out-of-network rates if they don’t have the ability or opportunity to be treated by a participating provider. We applaud the Governor and Florida lawmakers for listening to the thousands of Floridians who took action and shared their stories. Without your action, we would not have been able to convince lawmakers to stand with consumers against powerful special interests. This victory shows that when consumers get organized, we can win!
When you joined our End Surprise Medical Bills campaign in Florida, you shared your powerful stories with local media about how out-of-network surprise medical bills cost you thousands of dollars, time, and stress you had no control over. By taking consumers out of the middle of billing disputes between insurers and providers, this new law puts the power back with the people, so you can have more control over your healthcare costs.
Now that we won in Florida, it’s time we work hard to make progress in other states. Twenty-three states are paying attention, and some have legislation pending, that would help you get the protections you need. If you live in Florida, celebrate your victory and encourage your friends in other states to join our campaign by signing our petition here. It’s time lawmakers across the country know that consumers can’t be ignored. Thank you for taking action!