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    An identical letter was also sent to the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. 

    October 16, 2019 

    The Honorable Mitch McConnell
    Senate Majority Leader
    United States Senate
    S-230 U.S. Capitol
    Washington, DC 20510

    The Honorable Charles Schumer
    Democratic Leader
    United States Senate
    S-221 U.S. Capitol
    Washington, DC 20510

    Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

    The undersigned medical organizations remain committed to working with Congress to seek a balanced legislative solution to protect patients from unanticipated (“surprise”) medical bills that can occur when gaps in health insurance coverage lead them to receive care from out-of-network physicians or other providers. We represent hundreds of thousands of practicing physicians who provide care to millions of Americans every day in a variety of practice settings. We strongly believe that, in situations where a coverage gap occurs and patients unknowingly or without a choice receive care from an out-of-network physician or other provider, patients should be held harmless for any costs above their in-network cost-sharing, and their cost-sharing should count toward deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Patients should be completely removed from any subsequent payment disputes between their health insurance company and an out-of-network provider when they experience an unanticipated coverage gap.

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