The federal No Surprises Act, which goals to eradicate sudden out-of-network medical payments, took impact Jan. 1, and KHN correspondents hit the airwaves to elucidate the new legislation.

KHN senior correspondent Julie Appleby appeared on NPR’s “Weekend Version” on Sunday to provide background on why the legislation was essential: Surveys confirmed that as much as 1 in 5 emergency division visits and 1 in 10 elective surgical procedures resulted in an sudden, out-of-network invoice.

Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent and the host of KHN’s “What the Well being?” podcast, joined NPR/WBUR’s “Right here & Now” on Monday. Rovner detailed how the new legislation’s “baseball arbitration-style course of” is meant to work out billing disputes between care suppliers and insurers — with out leaving sufferers on the hook.