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White House weighs in on surprise medical bills

HHS Sec. Alex Axar and President Trump
HHS Secretary Alex Azar and President Trump. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

The White House said Thursday that it wants Congress to pass legislation protecting patients from receiving surprise medical bills after they visit the emergency room or unknowingly receive care from providers not covered by their insurance.

Between the lines: While the White House declined to say how it wanted billing disputes between insurers and providers resolved, it said that it's not enthusiastic about an arbitration process, which some industry groups favor.