Insurers will probably go tocourt to challenge the rules, just as hospital systems are expectedto do on price disclosure rules affecting them.

One of the big unknowns in health care coverage is always howmuch any given incident will cost the consumer out of pocket. And anew rule proposed by federal agencies, set to be published in the Federal Register November 27,would require employer-sponsored group health plans to provide planenrollees with estimates of their out-of-pocket expenses for services fromdifferent health care providers.

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, theinformation would be available to enrollees via an onlineself-service tool so people could shop around before they get care,instead of being hit with the final total after the fact. Commentsare due by January 14, 2020.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.