Putting Surprise Billing Protections into Practice: Biden Administration Releases First Set of Regulations

By Jack Hoadley and Kevin Lucia

On July 1, four federal agencies charged with implementing the No Surprises Act issued an interim final rule1 that provides the first set of regulations for implementing the law, which was signed on December 27, 2020, and is effective January 1, 2022. It aims to ensure that consumers who inadvertently or unknowingly use out-of-network providers or facilities in specific situations will face no more than normal in-network cost sharing. Under the law, out-of-network providers and facilities are banned from sending consumers bills for amounts beyond in-network cost sharing.

In their latest To The Point blog post for the Commonwealth Fund, CHIR’s Jack Hoadley and Kevin Lucia review the new rules and assess their impact on consumers. You can read the full post here.

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