April 10, 2020
Out-of-network hospitals receiving CARES Act financial relief will not be allowed to balance bill patients treated for COVID-19 who are covered by employer health plans, self-purchased insurance, public programs, or are uninsured.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said: “The Trump administration is committed to ensuring all Americans are not surprised by the cost related to testing and treatment they need for COVID-19.”
Not yet clear how the ban on “surprise” medical bills would apply to out-of-network ancillary providers at in-network hospitals that treat patients for COVID-19.
Nor is it clear what the reimbursement rates will be for out-of-network hospitals and providers.
Surprise billing fix in Phase IV? Top Republicans on two congressional committees are leading an effort to include surprise billing provisions in a future COVID-19 response bill, which still faces substantial headwinds despite being ranked as a major priority before the pandemic.