Now that Congress is back in session, perhaps they will address some of the issues that affect the daily lives of their constituents. One such issue is that of surprise medical bills, which are the results of insurance companies denying doctor or hospital services months later for being out-of-network.
The common remedies being offered by Congress is either government rate-setting or insurance companies setting rates. Both are sure disasters which would probably cause rural areas to face closing hospitals and doctors moving away.
Some states have created Independent Dispute Resolution Committees bringing doctors and insurers together to resolve the surprise medical bills. Perhaps Congress can look beyond insurance lobbyists so patients can be protected, and we don’t lose our rural medical facilities.