Re-elect Dan Lipinski Congressman


May 5, 2010

The congressional debate on health care legislation is far from over - and a hearing expected for Thursday is but one example.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is expected to hold a hearing on three bills, all dealing with transparency in health care pricing:

* Transparency in All Heath Care Pricing Act (HR 4700): Introduced by Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.), this bill would require health care issuers or providers to publically disclose, both online and in print, the prices for health products, services or procedures.

* Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2009 (HR 2249): Introduced by Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), this bill would require that states establish laws to require the disclosure of information on hospital charges, make the information publically available, and provide information on estimated out-of-pocket costs for services.

* Patients' Right to Know Act (HR 4803): Introduced by Rep. Joe L. Barton (R-Texas), this bill would require additional disclosure of prices from health benefit plans and make states establish laws require additional disclosure of information on hospital and ambulatory surgical center charges and quality.

Two of the three bills (HR 4700, HR 4803) were introduced within the first few months of 2010. But HR 2249 was introduced almost exactly year ago.

A related measure to these bills, though not to be considered during the hearing, is HR 2566, the Hospital Price Transparency and Disclosure Act of 2009, introduced by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.)

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