Earlier today, United States of Care submitted testimony in support of LD 1795, Maine legislation introduced by Senate President Troy Jackson that would protect patients from hidden “facility fees” charged by hospitals and health systems.
Affordability continues to top the list of people’s health care concerns, and widespread hospital consolidation in Maine and across the country has only pushed health care costs higher. LD 1795 would begin to address these high costs by prohibiting hospitals and health systems from charging facility fees for all outpatient services and certain services regardless of location, such as primary care doctor visits. The bill would also require hospitals to submit and publicly post annual reports outlining which hospitals charge facility fees and the total revenue derived from them to ensure that patients have this information when making their health care decisions.
We appreciate the committee’s consideration of the bill and encourage a yes vote to make sure Maine continues to address high health care costs and protect patients.
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United States of Care is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.