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In North Carolina, Patients, Doctors, and Local Leaders Share Challenges of Accessing Health Care in Rural Communities

October 17, 2023 — Blog

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – During visits to three health care facilities in eastern North Carolina, members of the Ways and Means Committee met with and heard directly from doctors, nurses, patients, and local leaders about the difficulty of accessing quality health care in rural America. Having to rely on larger urban hospitals for specialized care, ...

Top Five Moments from Ways and Means Hearing on Flawed Implementation of the No Surprises Act

September 21, 2023 — Blog

WASHINGTON – Patients are losing access to care and their health insurance covers fewer doctors, while medical providers are struggling to get reimbursed for services provided, all because of the flawed implementation of the bipartisan No Surprises Act of 2020. At a hearing before the Ways and Means Committee, witnesses testified that the system set up by unelected federal ...

Chairman Smith Opening Statement – Hearing on Reduced Care for Patients: Fallout from Flawed Implementation of Surprise Medical Billing Protections

September 19, 2023 — Blog

As prepared for delivery. "Three years ago, Congress passed the bipartisan No Surprises Act to end surprise medical bills for good. American patients were in desperate need of these protections as too many had come face to face with medical bills from being treated without their knowledge by an out-of-network doctor. It left them on the hook for tens and ...