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Surprise medical billing gets increased industry lobbying
Modern Healthcare

The debate over federal curbs on surprise medical bills has it all: inter-industry finger-pointing, slippery-slope warnings about rate-setting and dueling narratives about what the problem is.

Last week President Donald Trump invited people who have been hit with surprise bills to the White House, where he vowed to end the practice that puts patients on the hook for the often exorbitant price tag of out-of-network treatment. The issue is a political winner.

Senate offices are wrangling over the legislative mechanics of tackling surprise bills, and insurers and providers are clashing over who needs to concede more. Insurers frame the problem as one of surprise medical billing; providers as surprise gaps in coverage.