Media Contact: Cary Conway
National Alliance Concerned About Implications of
Texas Medical Association v. HHS Surprise Billing for Employers/Employees
WASHINGTON – March 3, 2022 – The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) released the following statement regarding the decision rendered in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Texas Medical Association v. the United States Department of Health and Human Services:
“The Eastern District of Texas court’s interpretation of the Biden Administration’s regulation will have significant potential to increase overall healthcare costs by allowing providers to essentially demand payment at whatever rate they want with no regard for market dynamics. This will undermine the efforts employers have been taking for years to lower – or at best stabilize – healthcare costs. The actions by one judge in one federal judicial district may be far-reaching and make healthcare access and affordability even worse for American families.
As a stakeholder in the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing, the National Alliance calls for an end to predatory price gouging as patients deserve affordable access to high-quality care. If this decision were to stand, employees and their families would face a continuation of indefensible and surprising healthcare bills and continued rising healthcare premiums.
About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) is the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health and healthcare value across the country. Its members represent private and public sector, nonprofit, and Taft-Hartley organizations, and more than 45 million Americans, spending over $300 billion annually on healthcare. To learn more, visit nationalalliancehealth.org and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.