In a statement released today, Eric Linzer, HPA President and CEO, stated:

“We urge Governor Cuomo to sign A.264-B/S.3171-A and A.8404/S.6544-A, which would expand the state’s efforts to protect patients from excessive emergency charges by out-of-network physicians to include hospitals. The current Independent Dispute Resolution process has worked well, ensuring that reimbursements for emergency services are fair and reasonable while holding individuals harmless.

“Consumers need relief from unwarranted and excessive surprise medical bills. These bills take a balanced approach in extending the law to add emergency hospital services and will provide an important safeguard for New Yorkers from unexpected costs.”