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Surprise Billing Ban: Now the Hard Part Begins

Congress’s passage of a ban on surprise medical bills came after years of debate on the issue and was still somewhat of a surprise.

But in hindsight, passing the ban may end up being the easy part.

Now, federal officials need to develop regulations that will flesh out the ban, define terms, establish new processes, and more, and every indication is that this will be no less difficult than developing and passing legislation.

According to Politico, lobbying on future regulations has already begun, with providers, consumer advocates, insurers, and even private equity interests vying to ensure that their needs are reflected in the final guidelines, the first of which are due by July.

Learn more about the unfinished work associated with the surprise billing ban and what to expect in the coming months in the Politico article “Biden faces health industry fight over new ‘surprise’ billing ban.”