Healthcare DIVE February 13, 2020
Samantha Liss

Debate heated up this week on multiple proposals in Congress to squash surprise bills that can expose patients to exorbitant medical charges.

Two proposals in the House moved out of committee this week as lawmakers aim to include a ban in legislation for funding Medicare and Medicaid programs set to expire toward the end of May.

One of the drafts, adopted by the House Ways and Means Committee, includes the preferred fix for hospitals and providers as it relies on using arbitration to fix disputes over out-of-network bills. 

A measure from the House Committee on Education and Labor uses a...