Surprise billing fix faces major hurdles in last-minute push

Modern Healthcare: Advocates of protecting consumers from surprise medical bills using a market-based payment benchmark are pushing to include their fix in the next COVID-19 relief package, but they face significant hurdles.

Two key House committees have revived discussions on surprise medical bill fixes, but it's unclear whether they will be able to reach consensus in time for the next COVID-19 package, which could be the last major policy vehicle before the 2020 election. Even if they reach an agreement, the package's prospects in the Senate look bleak. The White House wants a fix but is refusing to take sides.

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