Twenty percent of adults said they or a family member has received a surprise medical bill since the No Surprises Act went into effect on Jan. 1 according to a Morning Consultant report released July 7.
Morning Consultant conducted a survey among a representative sample of 2,210 U.S. adults between June 22-24, according to the report.
Five things to know:
- Those who received unexpected bills were mostly likely to get them for in-network lab work that was sent to an out-of-network lab for assessment, which is covered under the No Surprises Act, or for testing or procedures not covered by insurance, also not covered by the act.
- The cost was more than $1,000 for 22 percent of those who received a surprise bill.
- Sixty-three percent of adults said they would be confident that they could address a surprise bill that they believed to be illegal with a provider or insurer. That includes 61 percent of those who received unexpected bills in the past.
- Seventy-one percent said they’re confident of primary care treatment costs up front, compared to 45 percent for emergency room charges.
- Sixteen percent of adults said they’ve seen, read or heard something about the No Surprises Act.