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ICYMI: Guthrie Works to End Surprise Medical Billing, Support Community Health Centers

Washington, July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) supported multiple pieces of public health legislation at a House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee markup yesterday.

The bipartisan No Surprises Act (H.R. 3630) will end the practice of surprise medical billing by ensuring that patients are held harmless and protected from surprise medical bills. 

“Too often, patients can do their due diligence to ensure their provider is in-network, only to be hit with a surprise medical bill down the line,” said Guthrie. “For example, when you go to the hospital for a colonoscopy, you’re not only working with a gastroenterologist, but also an anesthesiologist and perhaps a pathologist. If one of those providers isn’t in your insurance network, your bill could be astronomical. We must change the current system, which is why I voted for the No Surprises Act and look forward to continuing to work on this issue.”

Guthrie also supported the Community Health Investment Modernization and Excellence Act of 2019 (H.R. 2328), which will reauthorize critical public health programs such as community health centers.

“Community health centers provide care in underserved and rural areas in Kentucky, including in the Second District,” said Guthrie. “I voted for the Community Health Investment and Modernization and Excellence Act to strengthen these important centers and other public health programs. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to advance both bills.”

Click here to learn more about all of the bills advanced by the Health Subcommittee yesterday.