Instant Insights / Health Care Cost Transparency, Surprise Billing, and the Employee Benefits Industry
Typically, patients, and their employers, don't know the cost of health care or are given inaccurate estimates. Then come the surprise medical bills and costly overruns of employers' benefits budgets. Here's a look at the health care cost transparency problem and how people are trying to solve it.
Alexander, Murray introduce bipartisan bill to end surprise bills
The mammoth piece of legislation would target nearly every area of the health care industry for reform, including prescription drugs, transparency and health information.
By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News|May 24, 2019 at 09:36 AM
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In a year already marked by a wide variety of congressional health care legislation, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chair and ranking Democrat of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Thursday released the details of a plan they hope can help bring down health costs and eliminate surprise medical bills for patients.
“These are common sense steps we can take, and every single one of them has the objective of reducing the health care costs that you pay for out of your own pocket,” Alexander said in a statement. “We hope to move it through the health committee in June, put it on the Senate floor in July and make it law.”
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