Stethoscope and dollar sign The need for transparent health care pricing is even more pressing under the COVID-19 pandemic because many consumers are facing job loss and losing their health insurance. terstock)

Advocates for accessible health care price information have given 34 of the 50 states a grade of F on their efforts to help consumers obtain cost data to help them shop around for medical care.

The 16 states receiving passing grades in the Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws represent a marked improvement from the last survey, in 2017, when only seven of the states got passing grades.

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