No Surprise Billing Act
Patients have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.
When you get emergency care or get treated by an out-of-network provider at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from surprise billing or balance billing. In these cases, you shouldn’t be charged more than your plan’s copayments, coinsurance and/or deductible amounts.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 established several new requirements to protect consumers from surprise medical bills. These requirements are collectively referred to as “No Surprises” rules. These requirements generally apply to items and services provided to consumers enrolled in group health plans, group or individual health insurance coverage, and Federal Employees Health Benefits plans. This document contains information on frequently asked questions from providers and facilities regarding No Surprises rules, independent dispute resolution, and exceptions to the new rules and requirements.