Last year, Congress passed a PIRG-backed bill to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. Beginning in January 2022, you'll be protected from most out-of-network bills you didn't consent to.
But if the rules have too many loopholes, the law won't protect us from these unfair surprise bills. Opponents are urging regulators to create loopholes so they can avoid the ban on surprise bills. We pay enough for health care already. We shouldn't be burdened with out-of-network charges we can't avoid.
That's why we're urging regulators to make the rules as strong as possible to protect consumers like you and me. They're accepting comments until Sept. 7.