The recently enacted No Surprises Act (NSA) provides landmark protections against surprise billing in a wide range of settings — but not for ground ambulances. At least half of all ambulance rides may result in a surprise bill, with bills averaging $450. Since consumers cannot choose an ambulance service when they dial 911, patients have little ability to avoid out-of-network charges. The NSA created a ground ambulance advisory committee of stakeholders and experts to develop recommendations related to disclosure of charges, surprise-billing protections, and enforcement mechanisms. However, the committee has not selected members nor published a convening date. A new post from The Commonwealth Fund examines coverage and billing challenges, state actions, and lessons learned from states that could be replicated as the federal advisory committee begins its work.
- Protecting Consumers from Surprise Ambulance Bills. The Commonwealth Fund. Nov 15 2021