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Tell your State Rep to oppose insurance industry-backed bill!
Dear <<First Name>>:

As you’re no doubt aware, surprise billing of patients for emergency out-of-network care is an increasingly widespread problem, and Ohio ACEP has been laser-focused on a legislative solution. In particular, Ohio ACEP has advocated for Senate Bill 198, a bipartisan bill which protects patients and keeps them out of the middle of billing disputes while incentivizing fair reimbursement.

Unfortunately, insurance industry-backed legislative efforts are also under way in the form of House Bill 388. On Wednesday, November 20, Ohio ACEP leaders will be back at the Statehouse to explain to lawmakers our opposition to HB 388, which would cap physician reimbursement for out-of-network services to the greater of three:
  • Medicare;
  • The out-of-network rate; or
  • The median in-network rate
Ohio ACEP will be testifying before the House Finance Committee to explain that HB 388 would allow insurance companies to manipulate the market and drive physicians out of network so they can lower their “median in-network rate.” HB 388 also contains no meaningful arbitration process and only allows physicians to challenge the “accuracy” of payment in mediation.
 

While we are at the Statehouse on Wednesday, we are asking you to contact your State Representative and encourage them to oppose HB 388 and instead support a bill that protects patients from surprise bills using a model of fair and equitable arbitration. Despite claims from insurance companies, HB 388 is NOT a fair market solution to surprise bills and would do nothing to contain ever-increasing healthcare costs—it is simply rate-capping by the government.


If you’re not sure who your State Representative is, you can access their contact information by clicking here and entering your home address.

You can also watch opponent testimony to HB 388 live or archived on the House Finance Committee’s Ohio Channel Page. To watch the committee hearing live, tune in on Wednesday, November 20 at 9:30am!

Thanks for standing with us to demand a fair solution to surprise billing that truly protects patients!
                    
Ph: (614) 792-6506  |  TF: 1 (888) 642-2374  |  Fax: (614) 792-6508 |  Email: bulletin@ohacep.org
Ohio ACEP
3510 Snouffer Rd, Ste 100
Columbus, OH 43235

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