No Surprises Act: What You Should Know About Surprise Billing Protections

November 9, 2023

Watch Recording

Medical bills often arrive unexpectedly and send many families into a financial tailspin. Unanticipated out-of-network medical bills, which frequently happen during emergencies, can reach hundreds or thousands of dollars. The No Surprises Act (NSA), which passed in 2020 and went into effect in 2022, broadly prohibits out-of-network bills for emergency and certain non-emergency situations.  

This webinar, hosted by the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) will provide a general overview of patients’ rights against surprise medical bills under the NSA, focusing on privately insured and uninsured patients. Public insurance programs like Medicaid and Medicare have their own surprise billing protections, but the NSA and a handful of state surprise billing laws offer protection to privately-insured and uninsured patients. While these surprise billing laws have their limitations, consumer attorneys should be aware of the complaint processes available if they believe a client has been billed in violation of surprise billing protections.

What You Will Learn

  • What patient surprise billing protections exist under the federal No Surprises Act
  • What state surprise billing protections and Medicare/Medicaid surprise billing protections attorneys can use to help clients
  • How to set up a complaint process for these accounts
  • How to leverage surprise billing protections to advocate for clients