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Coalition Of Labor, Consumer, Health & Business Groups Fight For Patient Protection, Launch TV Ad Campaign To Expose The Threat Of Exorbitant Surprise Emergency Hospital Bills

Published Friday, June 14, 2019
by NYSUT Media Relations
Coalition Of Labor, Consumer, Health & Business Groups Fight For Patient Protection, Launch TV Ad Campaign To Expose The Threat Of Exorbitant Surprise Emergency Hospital Bills

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A coalition of consumer, Labor, health and business groups has launched a television ad campaign demanding Albany pass legislation to protect patients from exorbitant surprise emergency hospital bills.

Consumer Reports, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York State Business Council, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) are among more than 40 organizations urging Albany to pass this common sense Consumer Protection Legislation.

The Patient Protection Coalition created the ad, Protect, to expose the financial threat consumers can face when hit with excessive out-of-network emergency hospital charges.

The spot highlights the average out-of-network charges consumers in the New York Metro Area can face - an eye-popping $220,000 for a broken leg and $150,000 for a heart attack.

Patients end up bearing these costs, either in higher insurance rates, diminished benefits or direct out-of-pocket expenses.

If passed, the Bill allows an independent arbitrator to review excessive emergency hospital charges, a process New York State already successfully uses with emergency room doctor bills.

The Legislation (S.3171-A / A.264-B) will defend patients from abusive hospital fees and help end surprise bills for patients who wind up in out-of-network hospital emergency rooms.

The spot began airing this past weekend in Albany, Westchester and Long Island on traditional broadcast and cable.

The cable run includes CNN, MSNBC, News12 and the Food Network.

Coalition partners will also share the ad, and a 15-second cut - Patient, on their own Social Media Platforms.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story & To View The TV Spot, Go To: www.nysut.org/news/2019/june/tv-ad-exposes-threat-of-exorbitant-surprise-emergency-hospital-bills

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