Tell Nebraska Lawmakers to Stop Surprise Health Care Bills

Your state senator is on the Legislature’s Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee and needs to hear from you.

LB569, the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency and Accountability Act, protects consumers against surprise bills from non-network health care providers.

Surprise balance billing occurs when people seek medical care from providers and facilities they believe are in their health insurance plan’s network, but unknowingly receive a service from an out-of-network provider.

They may then be on the hook for paying a large portion or all of the cost – sometimes in the hundreds to thousands of dollars.

LB569 requires consumers to be notified in advance about the in-network status of health care facilities, providers and services. In an emergency situation where out-of-network services are provided, patients would pay no more than they would for in-network services covered by their health plan.

Please send a message to your senator today. Share a personal story about a “surprise” out-of-network medical bill if you happen to have one. Urge him or her to support LB569 and move to the full Legislature for a vote.

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Stop Surprise Health Care Bills

Dear [Decision Maker],

I'm writing to ask you to move LB569 from the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Industry to the full the Legislature for debate.

Consumers deserve to know in advance about the in-network status of health care facilities, providers and services so they can make informed decisions.

Nobody should be faced with an unexpected medical bill because they received out-of-network services without their knowledge.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly one in five inpatient admissions includes a claim from an out-of-network provider.

Consumers who do their best to navigate our complex health care system should be protected from higher costs billed by an out-of-network provider they did not know was involved in their care.

In an emergency situation where out-of-network services are provided, patients should pay no more than they would for in-network services covered by their health plan.



Thank you for considering support of LB569 to protect consumers from surprise health care bills.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]