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H.R. 5826 (116th): Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020

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To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and title XI of the Social Security Act to prevent certain cases of out-of-network surprise medical bills, strengthen health care consumer protections, and improve health care information transparency, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Richard Neal

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2020
Length: 230 pages
Feb 10, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 12, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

H.R. 133: H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief]
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 27, 2020. (compare text)

40 Cosponsors (22 Republicans, 18 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Larson Votes to Protect Patients
    — Rep. John Larson [D-CT1] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 13, 2020

Congressman Dan Kildee Applauds Committee Passage of Bipartisan Surprise Billing Legislation
    — Rep. Daniel Kildee [D-MI5] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 13, 2020

District Connection - 2/25/20
    — Rep. Rob Woodall [R-GA7, 2011-2020] on Feb 25, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 5826 will save $627 million through 2030.


Feb 10, 2020

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Feb 12, 2020
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H.R. 5826 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5826. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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