NASW has published two blog posts—the first on Dec. 21, 2021, and the second on Jan, 5, 2022--to clarify information that was not available until January regarding Part II of a federal rule that pertains to the provision of Good Faith Estimates (GFEs) in the federal consumer protection rule (No Surprises Act) that took effect Jan. 1, 2022.

The January post provides new information on Part I of this regulation. If you reviewed NASW’s December 21 post, you may also find it helpful to read this one. We are continuing to closely monitor this dynamic policy area so we can continue to provide updates to our members. We are also advocating on behalf of clinical social workers with key federal regulatory agencies and other stakeholders.

Background on Federal Rule

New federal regulations implementing the No Surprises Act (enacted by Congress in 2020) went into effect January 1, 2022. The law aims to protect consumers from unanticipated medical bills. There are three (3) parts to the regulations that were developed by multiple federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more about each here.