A new report card tracking health care price transparency finds that 45 states failed to offer essential information to consumers shopping in the U.S. health system, a significant step back since easier-to-understand public health solutions were to have become the norm in this post-Affordable Care Act world.
In 2014, not one state received an A grade and only Maine and Massachusetts claimed a B grade, according to the second annual Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws. The data compiled by nonprofit organizations Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute signifies a stark contrast to last years results, where 14 states were awarded a C or better. Also, 72% of the nation fell within the D and F range last year.
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