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Protection From Surprise Medical Bills

From UHCAN Ohio:

Help Inform How the No Surprises Rule Works for Consumers

The No Surprises Act is a new federal rule that will further expand consumer protections against surprise medical bills. Coforma, a contractor working with the US Dept of Health and Human Services, is seeking consumers/patients or consumer advocates to learn about their first-hand experience, needs, goals, and input regarding surprise medical billing and the No Surprises Act. Your input as someone who may be directly affected by this rule is invaluable to ensure efficiency and transparency in the process.

Please fill out this survey to be considered for participation: http://bit.ly/nosurprisesactresearch

You can also email Julie Kim julie.kim@coforma.io or Azira Rodriguez aziria.rodriguez@coforma.io.

What happens during these sessions?
You will be asked questions around handling surprise bills, and/or react to ideas. These conversations are confidential and in no way represent regulatory decision making.  Julie or Azira can answer any questions you might have.

State Rules on Surprise Bills

The Ohio Department of Insurance is also working on the rules to protect consumers form surprise medical bills.  The proposed Ohio rule is posted for public comment.  Anyone can provide a comment. To comment on the rule, send an email to ecomment@insurance.ohio.gov. If you have any questions call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 614-644-2640.

Together, the Federal and State laws will help you  They should eliminate most circumstances were patients are surprised to see an out of network charge.  The protection will begin in early 2022.  We will provide more information as the date approaches.

It is important to know that providers can ask you to waive your rights and charge you the out of network rate.  These are your rights, don’t give them up without careful thought and report coercive practices.

  • Aug 6, 2021
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