Ways And Means Advances Beyer Healthcare Legislation
Washington, February 12, 2020
The House Ways and Means Committee today advanced bipartisan legislation to help patients by addressing surprise medical billing. The package of bills included Beyer’s bipartisan Better Information Act, which would require health insurers to include information about the nearest in-network hospital or urgent care facility on insurance cards, introduced with co-lead Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA). It also included Beyer’s Healthcare Cost Transparency Act, which would require all health insurers to offer customers price comparison tools online or by phone to assist those seeking the comparable costs of services they might need.
“Today the Ways and Means Committee put forward strong solutions to help solve the problem of surprise billing, with input and support of both parties,” said Beyer. “I thank Chairman Neal, Ranking Member Brady, and my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for supporting my legislation to give patients more consumer information on their insurance cards, and to give patients a price comparison tool. Both measures will help reduce the cost of Americans’ health care while increasing its quality, and I will continue to build support for them as surprise billing legislation moves through the House.”