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S. 1531 (116th): Stopping The Outrageous Practice of Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2019

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A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections for health insurance consumers from surprise billing.

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Sponsor and status

Bill Cassidy

Sponsor. Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2019
Length: 26 pages
May 16, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 16, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


30 Cosponsors (16 Republicans, 14 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Ahead of HELP Hearing on Lowering Health Care Costs, Nearly Quarter of Senate Cosponsors STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act
    — Sen. Bill Cassidy [R-LA] (Sponsor) on Jun 18, 2019

Carper Joins Delaware Patient Advocates to Discuss Bipartisan Bill to End Surprise Medical Bills
    — Sen. Thomas Carper [D-DE] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 8, 2019

STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Reaches 21 Senate Cosponsors
    — Sen. Todd Young [R-IN] (Co-sponsor) on May 29, 2019

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May 16, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1531 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1531. 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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