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Senator Sherrod Brown in your hometown

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For years, we’ve worked to protect the people of Ohio from spiraling medical bills, and through the No surprises Act, which went into effect on January 1, most of these surprise bills will now be prohibited under federal law.

We know health care is one of the most stressful costs families face, and millions of Americans have faced surprise medical bills.

Patients wake up from surgery, expecting to pay their standard co-payment, only to find the anesthesiologist was out of the network.

A doctor sends a sample for analysis, unaware that the laboratory does not take out the patient’s insurance and that the patient is responsible for covering the costs.

In all of these cases, the patient has neither the time nor the information to make a choice to avoid a crippling medical bill – despite spending their hard-earned money on health insurance to protect themselves in moments like these.

That’s why I have [Sen. Brown] has led efforts in the Senate since 2017 to stop these surprise bills, protect Ohioans from unexpected costs, and give patients more control over their health care. And last year, we finally did.

Thanks to No surprises Act, which went into effect Jan. 1, most of these surprise bills will be prohibited under federal law.

The new law ensures that patients are only required to pay the in-network copay required by their insurance for most emergency services, even if they are treated at an out-of-network facility or by an out-of-network provider. . . This will make medical care costs more transparent and make resources available to Ohioans so they know their rights.

This is a crucial step that will allow Ohioans to realize real savings and give people the peace of mind to focus on their health and recovery, not sky-high medical bills.

Any Ohioan — regardless of their form of health insurance — can call 1-800-985-3059 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. or visit CMS.gov/nosurprises to ask questions, report a potential violation of this law, or find additional information on what this new law means for you.

I will continue to work with my colleagues on ways to continue to lower costs for Ohioans, from lowering people’s monthly premiums to lowering the cost of prescription drugs.