The Latest: Trump says time to end 'surprise medical bills'

Combined Shape

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s effort to limit “surprise medical bills” (all times local):

1 p.m.

President Donald Trump is ratcheting up pressure on the pharmaceutical industry to lower prices and announcing a new effort to end “surprise medical bills” for patients with health insurance.

At a White House event Thursday on medical billing Trump also lent support to state efforts to import lower-priced prescriptions from countries where governments set the price. The U.S. drug industry has successfully fought off such moves for more than 20 years.

The Florida legislature recently passed legislation that would authorize a state importation program, subject to federal approval. Trump said that might happen.

Trending:
Here's Who Qualifies for Government to Pay for Their Internet

He said the U.S. “may allow states to buy drugs from other countries if they can buy them for lower prices.”

__

12:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says it’s time to end “surprise medical bills,” which can leave insured patients facing sticker shock from charges submitted by doctors outside their insurers’ networks.

Trump spoke at the White House on Thursday to lend his support to efforts by Republican and Democratic lawmakers. White House aides outlined a set of principles for legislation.

Trump was joined by a heart attack patient who got a $110,000 bill even though he had health insurance and by another patient who was charged $17,850 for a test that would have cost $100 in her insurer’s network.

Trump says he thinks legislation can move quickly and “Democrats and Republicans can do this.”

Insurers form networks of doctors and hospitals, in part, to gain leverage for negotiating reimbursements. Usually patients pay a bigger share of the bill for any care sought outside those networks.

___

Related:
Officials Confirm Another Fatal Crash Involving Tesla's Autopilot After Car Runs Into Overturned Semi

10 a.m.

President Donald Trump wants to limit “surprise medical bills,” the unexpected charges faced by insured patients when a member of a health care team that treated them is considered an out-of-network provider.

Senior administration officials tell The Associated Press the Republican president on Thursday will outline principles he can support as part of legislation to limit such billing practices. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed interest in crafting legislation to tackle the subject.

Insurers form networks of doctors and hospitals, in part, to gain some leverage for negotiating reimbursements. Usually patients pay a bigger share of the bill for any care sought outside those networks.

The administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter before Trump’s announcement.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →






We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Combined Shape
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
Location
New York City




Conversation