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S. 1531: 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. Senior Senator for Louisiana. Republican.

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

Introduced on May 16, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 16, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

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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

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