Surprise billing banned for providers that get CARES Act grants

April 9, 2020 / RACHEL COHRS 

The White House announced Thursday that providers receiving grants from the $100 billion aid fund in Congress’ third stimulus package will be banned from balance billing patients for COVID-19 treatment.

Providers that receive grant funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will have to certify that they will not try to collect more money from COVID-19 patients than the patients would have to pay if services had been in-network. The ban applies to patients covered by commercial, government or employer-sponsored coverage.

“The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring all Americans are not surprised by the cost related to testing and treatment they need for COVID-19,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere.


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