The American Association for Justice is working on improving the Medicare Secondary Payer process through new legislation. A key factor in settling cases involving Medicare and Medicaid services is getting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide the amount of conditional payment prior to settlement.
H.R. 1063 is sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Ron Kind (D-WI). It is supported by both parties, and the business and insurance communities. The bill currently has 31 co-sponsors.
The U.S. House Oversight Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on this bill in June. The testimony- featuring AAJ, an insurance company, a consumer group and business- revealed agreement that providing the amount of conditional payment prior to settlement is a much needed reform.