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AAMC Statement on Ways and Means Committee Surprise Billing Agreement

December 10, 2019

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John Buarotti, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, issued the following statement on the announcement of an agreement between leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee on a plan to address surprise medical bills:

"The AAMC thanks Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) for reaching an agreement on a strategy to address surprise medical bills, which is a major issue for patients across the nation. We look forward to reviewing the legislation but welcome this bipartisan contribution to the ongoing conversation.

We will continue working with all lawmakers and other stakeholders to advance policies that protect patients from surprise medical bills and preserve patient access to the vital services provided by teaching hospitals and physicians.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their 173,000 faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.

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