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Proposed legislation could help prevent surprise medical bills. One group is spending $1.2 million to stop it.

Seniors Prescription Spending SoarsOne in six Americans have received a surprise medical bill after getting care from a doctor or hospital outside their health insurance network. Seems like this is an issue Congress might do something about.

But a new group, Physicians for Fair Coverage, is fighting reform.

Legislation introduced in the House and Senate would make the medical providers and insurers address the billing question and take consumers out of the dispute to reduce the likelihood a patient receives a surprise medical bill after receiving treatment. This could financially affect doctor specialty groups, hospitals and insurers.

To prevent the legislation from passing, Physicians for Fair Coverage, representing firms for specialty doctors such as anesthesiologists and radiologists, is running a $1.2 million national commercial against the proposal.

Reporters from Kaiser Health News found the ad makes claims that simply aren’t true.

The television ads claim the legislation would cut Medicaid money that vulnerable patients rely on and shred the safety net.

“No one on Medicaid would be affected one way or the other by any of the surprise billing proposals on the table,” Loren Adler, associate director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, told KHN.

Bottom line: KHN concludes the Physicians for Fair Coverage’s claims are inaccurate. They’re simply an attempt to scare people into rejecting legislation that would hurt the bottom line of the big companies the coalition represents.