'Surprise' billing fix to be included in spending package

Congress is set to include a long-elusive ban on “surprise” medical bills as part of the $1.4 trillion year-end spending agreement lawmakers are expected to detail Sunday evening.Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told the Capitol Hill press pool Sunday afternoon that the provision was included in the spending bill, and a senior GOP aide confirmed.Though key congressional committees had agreed more than a week ago on a plan for protecting patients from large medical bills when they unwittingly receive out-of-network care, it had been unclear whether it would be part of must-pass government funding legislation. The final decision came down to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had been silent on the deal.The White House has already endorsed the plan nearly two years after President Donald Trump first called on Congress to fix an issue that has drawn bipartisan concern. But it was nearly derailed by well-funded opposition groups and congressional

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