Wall Street Journal Covers Surprise Medical Bills Fight
Social Media Program Manager
The Wall Street Journal recently covered our fight to end surprise medical bills, illustrating how consumers are caught in the middle when insurers and providers can’t agree on payment for medical services. They interviewed Consumers Union Special Projects Director Betsy Imholz and campaign story sharer Cassie Ray, a policy analyst with the American Cancer Society, who double-confirmed her outpatient cancer treatment would be in-network and got a surprise bill anyway from an out-of-network anesthesiologist.
Thanks to our campaign supporters speaking out and people sharing their stories of horrendous bills, “this issue is taking off like wildfire,” as Imholz told the WSJ.
This is a well-known problem, and momentum to fix it is building across the country! Chances are, you live in a state where legislation has been proposed or will be proposed to try to bring relief to patients who, through no fault of their own, received an out-of-network surprise bill after going to an in-network hospital. Our people-powered campaign has resulted in strong laws in New York and Florida that close the surprise billing loopholes when you do the right thing and stay in-network.
We have a big battle in front of us with powerful medical interests standing in the way. Insurers and doctors keep pointing fingers about who is responsible for the surprise billing, and while they keep griping, the bills to consumers keep on flowing. There aren’t any federal laws preventing providers from balance billing patients after they already get paid by the patient’s insurer. That’s why we’re working with our state coalition partners like Health Access California and NJ Citizen Action to make sure that we can win real progress in the states, so people like you don’t have to wait for critical protections. We need your support! If you have ever received a surprise medical bill, please share your story today, and sign our petition so you get the latest updates on our progress.