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Jaime Herrera Beutler Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect New Mothers from Surprise Bills
Legislation would simplify health insurance enrollment process for newborns
Washington, September 21, 2020
Tags: Maternity Care
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect new parents from surprise medical bills. The No Surprise Bills for New Moms Act, co-led by Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), would simplify the process for enrolling newborns in health coverage.
“As a mother to three young children, I can report that the last thing on your mind after having a baby is rushing to fill out complex insurance paperwork to ensure your infant’s health insurance is covered,” Herrera Beutler said. “Yet this glaring loophole that leads to surprise billing is saddling countless new parents with thousands of dollars in expenses they weren’t anticipating and is contributing to rising health care costs in our country. I’m pleased to partner on this bipartisan legislation today to ensure new parents will have the flexibility to enroll their new infant in health insurance, and to focus on what is most important – the health and wellbeing of the mom and their new child.”
The No Surprise Bills for New Moms Act will simplify the insurance enrollment process by:
Representatives Peter Welch (VT-At Large), Tom Cole (OK-4), David Trone (MD-6), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) also joined as original cosponsors of the legislation.
The legislation has earned the endorsement of numerous women’s and children’s health organizations, including March of Dimes, March for Moms, American Hospital Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and American Academy of Family Physicians.