LEGISLATION TO LIMIT SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS GOES FORWARD WITHOUT PRICE INDEX

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.

From e NJ Spotlights, November 18, 2015

New Jersey lawmakers aiming to pass sweeping legislation that would prevent patients from being hit with surprise medical bills have done some surgery of their own, cutting out a major provision that would have added a layer of transparency to healthcare prices.

Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) and other sponsors of the original bill, which would have regulated out-of-network costs, if it included the healthcare-pricing component.

“While (the price index) is important — and we think it’s important that we have a reliable source of data that will pay benefits for decades to come — the calculation was that it was an impediment to getting the bill across the goal line,” Coughlin said.