Transparency Measures Needed in Surprise Medical Billing Legislation

Washington, DC – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) appreciates lawmakers’ efforts to take steps to end the predatory practice of surprise medical bills; however, surprise medical billing should not advance without adding meaningful and complementary health care transparency measures.

ERIC calls on lawmakers to add to surprise medical billing relief three additional provisions that will make the difference for employers and patients: (1) Ban gag clauses that providers use to hide information from patients and employers, (2) require transparency for employers on prescription drug costs, and (3) eliminate abusive hospital contracts that trap patients in poor-performing hospitals.

If these three provisions are included, Congress should swiftly act to pass the No Surprises Act and end surprise billing forever.

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All media inquiries to The ERISA Industry Committee should be directed to:

Kelly Broadway, 202.627.1918, kbroadway@eric.org

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.