Here’s how a new federal law could protect Johnson Countians from surprise medical bills — ‘A really good start’

The No Surprises Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1, aims to address surprise medical bills — something Prairie Village resident Heather Rubesch, pictured above, is no stranger to. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, Rubesch estimates she's been unable to resolve 10 or more surprise medical bills that have combined to top of $50,000 worth of out-of-pocket expenses. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

Heather Rubesch, a Prairie Village resident, went into her battle with breast cancer in September 2017 thinking finances would be the least of her worries.

But when paying for her care drained her and her husband’s $8,000 emergency fund early in year two, she became worried.