States are still failing to make health care prices accessibleand transparent for their residents, according to a recent “reportcard” released jointly by the Health Care Incentives ImprovementInstitute (HCI3) and the Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR).

Ninety percent of states do not supply sufficient priceinformation to those shopping for health care products and somehave even regressed in their efforts to provide consumers greaterprice awareness, the report card concluded.

Ideally, states would all provide consumers with aneasily-navigable public website as well as an all-payer claimsdatabase (APCD) that lets residents compare prices of varioushealth care plans and products.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.