Advocacy & Legislation
Healthcare Price Transparency Legislation
The U.S. healthcare system needs a lot of fixing, but nothing can change until there is full transparency in healthcare. Healthcare price transparency is where we are starting our policy advocacy. Our first goal is to get comprehensive healthcare price transparency legislation passed in all 50 states and at the Federal level.
During the past 50 years, healthcare billing has grown increasingly complex. Today, billing is so complex it bewilders patients, leaving us feeling helpless and incapable of being genuinely responsible healthcare consumers, while increasingly high deductibles makes us responsible for a bigger share of our healthcare bills than ever before. At the same time, billing complexity is used for financial advantage by many members of the healthcare industry.
We launched our advocacy program in Colorado in 2017, and drafted powerful legislation, which will serve as a prototype for our efforts in other states. This legislation is unlike any previous price transparency efforts in its depth and breadth.
This healthcare billing transparency measure was written to ensure total transparency from all commercial participants in the healthcare system. Prior efforts at transparency have only focused on one sector of the system at a time, making those measures ineffective. While constructing this law, we acted on the principle that without complete transparency, there is effectively no transparency.
Every one of us is a patient. Every one of us has interacted with the U.S. healthcare system. There is nothing more important than getting our system on the road to its own recovery, and transparency is the place to start.
BrokenHealthcare.org is not a charity. It's a movement! And every American is a stakeholder.