On Jan. 29, 2020, CHA submitted comments to the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury on a proposed rule that would impose new cost and price transparency requirements on commercial insurers. The proposed rule, released on Nov. 27, 2019, is intended to provide consumers with price and benefit information to enable them to evaluate health care options and make cost-conscious decisions. The CHA comment letter expresses support for the proposed requirements that insurers provide information to patients and their families about their out-of-pocket costs prior to receipt of care. The letter also urges the withdrawal of provisions to require health plans to publicly release their provider-specific negotiated rates.
In November 2019, CMS released a final rule that requires all hospitals to publicly disclose individually negotiated rates with commercial insurers. CHA has joined with other hospital organizations in a legal challenge to that final rule.