This week, all is quiet in the Senate as stakeholders await the release of the highly anticipated cost-containment package that is being developed by the HELP and Finance committees. While the details are not yet public – a discussion draft is expected to be released this month – we anticipate that language around surprise billing will headline this package. The surprise billing issue received a renewed push last week as the President threw his weight behind the issue. While the stakeholders still need to work out some differences, it’s clear that intense bipartisan interest in fixing surprise billing raises the probability of Congress passing legislation this year.
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