States are still failing to make healthcare prices accessible and transparent for their residents, according to a recent “report card” released jointly by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) and the Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR).
Ninety percent of states do not supply sufficient price information to those shopping for healthcare products and some have even regressed in their efforts to provide consumers greater price awareness, the report card concluded.
Ideally, states would all provide consumers with an easily-navigable public website as well as an all-payer claims database (APCD) that lets residents compare prices of various healthcare plans and products.
New Hampshire, which recently revived an inactive website for state residents, was a bright spot in the report. In contrast, its neighbor, Massachusetts, dropped in the rankings after it shut down its website.
The silver lining, according to HCI3 and CPR, is that state lawmakers are increasingly aware of their advocacy efforts, and many are citing the report card in attempts to advance transparency legislation.