ERIC Fights Surprise Billing in Ohio

ERIC is taking the fight against surprise billing to the states.

ERIC submitted written testimony in Ohio to the House Finance Committee on HB 388. ERIC’s testimony praised the bill for creating “a reasonable, market-based benchmark in surprise billing situations, taking the patient out of the middle, and providing certainty to plans, plan sponsors, patients, and providers.”

ERIC urged lawmakers to distinguish between fully-insured health plans and those that are self-insured and thus governed by federal law – the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) – as self-insured plans are not, and should not be, subject to state law.

ERIC also urged lawmakers to “continue standing strong against demands to implement a binding arbitration or other quasi-judicial regime, rather than directly solving the surprise medical billing problem.”

Click here to read ERIC’s written testimony.