Surprise Medical Billing Protections Under Attack in Texas

Washington, DC – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) has been a leader in the fight to end the predatory practice of surprise medical bills, working with lawmakers to help shape and pass the “No Surprises Act.”

In an effort to ensure that hardworking Americans will not be subject to hidden medical costs and uphold the federal surprise billing regulations that implement the “No Surprises Act,” ERIC has teamed with a dozen other organizations and filed an amicus brief in the Eastern District of Texas supporting federal regulators in the case of Texas Medical Association v. HHS.

The following statement is in support of the amicus brief and should be attributed to James Gelfand, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, ERIC:

“It is unimaginable that a group representing physicians – people who have pledged to save lives – would challenge a law created to protect those seeking care. It is well documented that many Americans choose not to seek care due to uncertainty about the cost of care. The ‘No Surprises Act’ helped remove the fear of additional, unknown costs weeks and months after care – providing relief to millions of patients. Now, the Texas Medical Association wants to resurrect the devastating practice of surprise billing patients and raise health insurance premiums rather than adhere to the bipartisan call to end surprise billing.  

The District Court for the Eastern District of Texas must uphold federal law and protect Americans from the greed running rampant in the health care industry.”

Click here to read the amicus brief.


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About The ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is a national advocacy organization that exclusively represents large employers that provide health, retirement, paid leave, and other benefits to their nationwide workforces. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that promote flexibility and uniformity in the administration of their employee benefit plans.