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UNITED STATES - JUNE 25: Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., does a television news interview outside the Capitol before the vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ted Budd Tuesday, Jan 4 2022

Fewer Surprise Medical Bills — No Thanks To Ted Budd

Jan 04, 2022

Budd voted against the “No Surprises Act,” despite its patient protections

Despite opposition from Ted Budd, effective January 1, 2022, “federal law bans many types of out-of-network medical bills and puts the onus on doctors and health insurance companies to resolve their payment disputes,” as highlighted by Axios.

Via Axios:

  • “Consumers can breathe a sigh of relief because, in many scenarios, they should no longer face unexpected charges from doctors who are not in their insurance networks.”
  • “Instead of sending out bills, doctors and insurance companies have to resolve their differences while holding the patient harmless.”
  • “The bottom line: The law will save a lot of patients from financial ruin. But a lot of gaps remain in the health care system.”

Ted Budd opposed the ban limiting many surprise medical bills, the No Surprises Act, when he voted in opposition to December 2020’s Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 — siding with corporate health care interests instead of Carolinians.

Read the coverage:

Axios: Many surprise medical bills are now illegal

NPR: Law aiming to protect consumers against surprise medical bills takes effect

CNN: Patients won’t have to fear as many surprise medical bills come January

MSNBC: MaddowBlog: Why the ‘No Surprises Act’ will soon make a difference for consumers


Published: Jan 4, 2022 | Last Modified: Jan 5, 2022

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