Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services is urging New York State Legislatures to push a state budget protecting consumers for surprise out-of-network medical bills.
Joined by consumer advocates, Superintendent Lawsky implores Legislators to protect New Yorkers who have done everything right and then are hit with a surprise bill that can run into the tens of thousands.
“Surprise medical bills are an expensive and unfair burden for patients and their families,” said Chuck Bell, programs director for Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. “Consumers around the state are fed up with the unnecessary risks and hassles of surprise bills for out-of-network care, and they are demanding change. Governor Cuomo’s proposed legislation provides a well-designed, comprehensive solution to a very difficult problem. The governor’s plan systematically targets the root causes of surprise bills, and creates a comprehensive framework to dramatically reduce their incidence and severity.”
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Jeffrey R. Ungvary