State Action: Health Care Cost Transparency
Increased health care cost transparency has become a priority of policymakers at both the federal and state level. Nearly all state legislatures have considered or enacted legislation to make costs more transparent. The issue has attracted policymakers’ attention partly due to media reports on isolated cases of unexpectedly high medical bills. These bills typically occur when consumers use out-of-network providers, which require higher cost-sharing, and receive bills for the balance of the charges.