U.S. Rep. Rick Allen addresses need to end surprise billing in op-ed

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen wrote an op-ed that was published by The Augusta Chronicle on February 29.

It includes a quote from the Medical Association of Georgia that says that, “H.R. 5800 is bad legislation that clearly favors the insurance industry…[this bill] uses an inadequate and oversimplified median in-network rate as the basis for physician pay, and arbitration would only be an option when claims exceed $750 – which isn’t much of an option since most claims are less than that. Making matters worse is that arbitrators couldn’t even consider other billed charges under this measure. H.R. 5800 would place physicians at a significant disadvantage, which will ultimately mean that patients have less access to care.”

Rep. Allen’s op-ed