Washington, D.C. — In response to positive movement at the federal level to promote fair hospital billing and address facility fees (expenses charged by health systems in addition to the cost of treatment), United States of Care CEO and Co-Founder Natalie Davis issued the following statement:
“We are thrilled to see the Biden Administration take action to lower health care costs and increase transparency for people – particularly around ‘facility fees.’ These bills come as a surprise to patients and often exceed the actual cost of underlying health care services.
“We are also pleased that Congress recognizes the need for fair billing practices in the hospital sector and has sought to understand how federal legislation can help reduce or eliminate them. In recent months, in addition to hearings highlighting the impact of these fees on patients, Congress has introduced several bills to address this and other dishonest billing practices, including the bipartisan Site-Based Invoicing and Transparency Enhancement (SITE) Act championed by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), and Senator John Kennedy (R-LA). We are encouraged by the momentum behind solving this problem for everyday people.
“Our listening work tells us that health care costs are top of mind for people. They want health care that is affordable, and they need certainty when it comes to health care expenses. Advancing policies that address these fees and bring about fair billing practices can significantly improve our health care system for all people. United States of Care is proud to have worked closely with states across the nation like Colorado and Maine to advance legislation addressing these fees at the state level, and we are excited to support federal uptake of these reforms.”
About United States of Care
United States of Care is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.