Dec 8, 2019 - Health

Key lawmakers reach deal on surprise medical bills

Three key lawmakers have reached a deal on the issue of surprise medical bills, according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

How it works: The proposal — which has been agreed to by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) — would set benchmark rates for the providers who send such bills, and it would use an arbitration process to settle certain high-value payment disputes.

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