CALL TO ACTION- HB 1862Just a reminder to please call your State Representative on the balance billing legislation - HB 1862. You can look up your State Representative's district office and email using the following website. Your State Representative should be the first legislator listed. The website does not store your information.
When you call the district (local office), please express the following:
- As a constituent and emergency health care provider in the district, I am calling to ask you to oppose HB 1862 on surprise balance billing.
- I support the intent of the bill to protect patients and end surprise balance billing, but how the legislation does so will devastate my ability to provide care to patients.
- I ask you to support the amendments from Rep. Kaufer and Rep. Rothman to ensure a reasonable payment level for out-of-network care and an arbitration mechanism to resolve differences between health care providers and insurers while protecting patients and removing them from any involvement with surprise balance billing.
- With the Kaufer and Rothman amendments, I would ask you to support HB 1862. Without these amendments, I would urge you to oppose the legislation as it will allow insurers to decimate existing in-network relationships with emergency health care providers and reduce access to care.
If you are willing, ask for an in-person meeting with your legislator to reinforce these points in person, but the call is the vital first step. Attached are supporting materials that can be provided to the legislator by email for more details of why the approach we are advocating will work for patients, providers, and insurers.
Thank you for making these calls and getting your colleagues to do the same before November 15th.
Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP
Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians
- PACEP Talking Points
- PACEP Letter on HB 1862
- Summary of NY Report on the IDR Process
- NY Report on the IDR Process
- ACEP Surprise Billing Infographic