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

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

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the information would be available to enrollees via an online self-service tool so people could shop around before they get care, instead of being hit with the final total after the fact. Comments are 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.

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