WASHINGTON, D.C., December 16, 2020  The 31 undersigned organizations, representing millions of patients and consumers across the country who face serious, acute, and chronic health conditions, applaud Congressional committee leaders for reaching a bicameral and bipartisan agreement to address surprise medical billing and urge Congress to quickly enact it.

The No Surprises Act represents a significant step toward the goal of ending surprise medical billing and is an improvement for patients over the status quo. While the bill addresses a longstanding and pervasive problem, the agreement comes amid media reports of patients receiving surprise medical bills stemming from COVID treatment, despite Congressional attempts to insulate patients from this practice for COVID-related services. Patients are frustrated that they continue to be exposed to this predatory practice at a time when they are concerned about their physical and financial wellbeing. We urge lawmakers to advance this legislation before this Congress adjourns.

Surprise billing affects millions of patients each year and has been a serious concern for our organizations. We have worked closely with Congress to build a legislative solution that holds patients harmless and have repeatedly implored Congress to not let this work go to waste as this congressional session comes to close. We are grateful to see momentum emerge around the No Surprises Act, and we hope, for the sake of the patients we represent, that Congress can work quickly to enact this bipartisan legislation that will address the ever growing problem of surprise billing and lower patients’ health care costs.

ALS Association

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Kidney Fund

American Lung Association

Arthritis Foundation

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


Cancer Support Community

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Epilepsy Foundation

Family Voices

Hemophilia Federation of America


Mended Hearts & Mended Little Hearts

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Health Council

National Hemophilia Foundation

National Kidney Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Organization for Rare Disorders

National Patient Advocate Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Susan G. Komen

The AIDS Institute

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease


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