ACTION ALERT: NO to Price Controls and National Patient ID

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In this month that we celebrate Independence Day, there are two anti-freedom bills winding through Congress that especially need your attention.

1) S. 1895, the so-called Lower Health Care Costs Act, contains a number of  counterproductive and unconstitutional provisions. One of the worst of them scapegoats physicians for surprise bills caused by insurance company narrow networks. It hands insurers the power to dictate fees and includes prohibitions on balance billing by out-of-network physicians.

The bill also includes measures that allow physicians to be fined, up to $10,000 per occurrence, for bad behavior by insurers, like delays in claims processing and mistakes in network directories. And medical privacy is put at risk by the legislation’s creation of a federal claims database that will collect patient data without consent. 

This bill was approved by the Senate HELP Committee and is expected to receive a vote by the full Senate in the third or fourth week of July, or after the August recess.

2) H.R. 2740 is an appropriations bill funding numerous government agencies, including Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense. It recently passed the House and has moved to the Senate. Hidden inside is a provision to fund a National Patient ID that will essentially spell the end of medical privacy. 

Here’s what we need you to do:

PLEASE CALL BOTH OF YOUR U.S. SENATORS. The fastest way is by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Calling is the best way to make the biggest impact. 

Congress is back from Independence Day recess so please call your Senators’ offices at anytime. If no one answers, leave a message that will be tallied by staff. If you don’t feel like calling you can submit a message through their online contact form. 

Phone numbers and contact form links are easily accessible at 
https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You can also quickly reach your Senators’ offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. An automated system will connect you to the correct offices when you key in your zip code.

Take 30 seconds to ask your Senators to do two simple things:

1) Vote NO on S. 1895. The bill promises to end surprise bills but instead it will reduce access to care, put independent doctors and hospitals out of business, and limit insurance company responsibility for covering medical fees.

2) Do not approve the House-passed appropriations bill, H.R. 2740, without removing funding for a National Patient ID.

Thank you for speaking out!