Medical debt is a leading cause of bankruptcy for American families. In 2019, the Trump administration responded to this crisis by issuing a new rule on hospital price transparency, giving families a powerful tool to navigate health care costs.
Under this commonsense, market-based rule, hospitals are required to feature the charges for different procedures on their website and display shoppable health care services. It’s simple and popular.
But there’s a problem: Nearly two-thirds of hospitals are out of compliance thanks to the Biden administration’s lax enforcement. State and federal policymakers can respond with our price transparency solutions.
State and Federal Reforms
- States can enact price transparency requirements with a law like the one Arkansas passed in 2023. Now, the state Department of Health must fine hospitals that have been found in violation of the federal rules.
- At the federal level, legislation has been introduced—such as the PATIENT Act — that codifies the Trump-era transparency rules and strengthens enforcement mechanisms.
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How America's Hospitals Are Hiding the Cost of Health Care
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