Advisory Committee on Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing (GAPB)

No Surprises Act - Overview

Title I (No Surprises Act) and Title II (Transparency) of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), establish new protections for consumers related to surprise billing and transparency in health care. The legislation contains new requirements for group health plans, health insurance issuers in the group and individual markets, providers, facilities, and air ambulance providers. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in coordination with the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) (and to a lesser degree the Department of Transportation and other federal and external components), is responsible for implementation and, along with state regulatory entities, enforcement of these new requirements.

Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing FACA Committee

Overview

The No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of the Treasury (the Secretaries) to establish and convene an advisory committee for the purpose of reviewing options to improve the disclosure of charges and fees for ground ambulance services, better inform consumers of insurance options for such services, and protect consumers from balance billing. The Advisory Committee must submit a report that includes recommendations with respect to disclosure of charges and fees for ground ambulance services and insurance coverage, consumer protection and enforcement authorities of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury and State authorities, and the prevention of balance billing to consumers. The report must be received no later than 180 days after the date of its first meeting.

Current Activity

The Charter for the Advisory Committee on Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing (GAPB) was signed by the HHS Secretary on November 16, 2021.  On November 23, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Federal Register Notice announcing the establishment of the Committee, and inviting interested persons to submit applications or nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Ground Ambulance and Patient Billing.  Applications and nominations for membership must be received on or before December 13, 2021.

Advisory Committee Docket

To be Announced

Committee Status

  • The GAPB Charter was signed on 11/16/2021.  

  • The Solicitation Period for Member Nominations is 11/23/2021 through 12/13/2021.  Click Here

Committee Members

To Be Announced

Meetings

To Be Announced

Contact Us

GAPBAdvisoryCommittee@cms.hhs.gov

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