Discovery & Impact

CHIR Announces New Resource for Policymakers on Surprise Medical Bills

September 18, 2019

Surprise medical bills result in financial hardship for millions of Americans and top the list of health care costs that Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford. While the public agrees that surprise medical bills should be a priority, policy solutions have been elusive in Congress and in many states.

To ensure that policymakers have a dedicated, independent resource to turn to, experts from Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) have launched a new project to provide unbiased and comprehensive information on the issue of surprise medical bills. Leveraging our experience advising state insurance regulators and monitoring surprise medical bill legislation in all 50 states and before Congress, our goal is to help policymakers protect consumers, promote affordability, and adopt comprehensive surprise medical bill protections.

Under this new project, CHIR is offering:

Comprehensive Online Resources. Our new online resource center will help educate state and federal policymakers, provide unbiased educational resources, and share up-to-date research on surprise medical bills.
Support for Policymakers. We work directly with policymakers on surprise medical bill issues, help analyze or testify on proposals, and leverage our network to share best practices across states.
Public Education. We are available to share our research and analysis at policy briefings, conferences, and webinars.

Learn more about surprise medical bills and what we offer at our new website: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills.

This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arnold Ventures.

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