45 States Fail on State Price Transparency Laws

Fri, 08/14/2015

Janet Boivin, RN, for HealthLeaders Media , July 31, 2015

States are slowly enacting laws on healthcare price transparency, but consumers lack adequate access to meaningful price information in most of them, say two reform-driven nonprofit organizations.

The only state with healthcare price transparency laws in place that effectively enable consumers to find the cost of medical procedures before selecting a hospital is New Hampshire.

The tiny New England state was the only one to receive an A for transparency on the report card released in early July by the nonprofit organizations Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute. Meanwhile, neighboring Massachusetts, a medical mecca, plummeted from a B last year to an F.

It has plenty of company at the bottom; 45 states flunked. The only other states that passed were Colorado and Maine, which received Bs, and Vermont and Virginia, which received Cs.


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