Trump Targets Surprise Medical Billing As Administration Pushes For More Transparency In Health Care Pricing
"We're going to stop all of it, and it's very important to me," President Donald Trump said during a health care roundtable. Surprise billing -- the practice of charging patients for care that is more expensive than anticipated or not covered by their insurance -- has been regarded as a possible bipartisan issue a divided Congress might tackle.
Trump Calls For Cracking Down On Surprise Medical Bills
President Trump on Wednesday spoke out against surprise medical bills that patients often cannot afford, highlighting an issue that has received bipartisan concern in Congress. “The health care system too often harms people with some unfair surprises ... medical bills and the like,” Trump said at a roundtable at the White House, along with patients who had received unexpectedly large bills from hospitals. (Sullivan, 1/23)
Trump Vows To End Balance Billing
"We're going to stop all of it, and it's very important to me," Trump said as cameras rolled during the portion of a roundtable discussion on healthcare with his top deputies and patients from around the country with stories of unexpected high medical costs. Senators from both parties are currently working on legislation to stop insurers and hospitals from leaving patients to foot the bill for high and unexpected medical bills. (Luthi, 1/23)
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Trump Zeroes In On Surprise Medical Bills In White House Chat With Patients, Experts
David Silverstein, the founder of a Colorado-based nonprofit called Broken Healthcare who attended, said Trump struck an aggressive tone, calling for a solution with “the biggest teeth you can find.” “Reading the tea leaves, I think there’s big change coming,” Silverstein said. Surprise billing, or the practice of charging patients for care that is more expensive than anticipated or not covered by their insurance, has received a flood of attention in the past year, particularly as Kaiser Health News and other news organizations have undertaken investigations into patients’ most outrageous medical bills. (Huetteman, 1/23)
Check out KHN and NPR's Bill of the Month series, that dissects and explains medical bills to shed light on U.S. health care prices and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs.