Lawmakers Skewer Industry Reps Over Surprise Medical Bills

Law360 (May 21, 2019, 10:27 PM EDT) -- Federal lawmakers asked representatives of insurers, hospitals and doctors to explain why surprising patients with costly medical bills has become the norm during a congressional hearing Tuesday, saying the practice has caused medical debt to become the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the country.

In turn, the industries largely blamed each other, telling the U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee's health subcommittee that surprise medical billing wouldn't be such an issue if doctors charged less, or if insurers included more doctors in their plans, or if hospitals didn't punt costs to insured patients to make up for charges...

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