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White House Applauds Bipartisan Congressional Deal to Curb Surprise Medical Bills

from The Wall Street Journal,

Support for agreement, which follows months long stalemate and industry lobbying blitz, suggests bill could pass this year

The White House on Monday praised a congressional deal on legislation to protect consumers from surprise medical bills, raising the chances that the bipartisan bill could pass this year. The agreement from Democratic and Republican House and Senate health leaders ends a long stalemate over how to curb high hospital bills from out-of-network doctors and health providers. It would still need the backing of congressional leadership. The deal would end the surprise bills and include a new system where independent arbitration would settle billing disputes. Hospitals and doctors have been concerned legislation would lower their reimbursements.

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