January 31, 2020
HR Policy Association and our American Health Policy Institute told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that “market-based solutions cannot work to address the health care cost and quality problems in the United States without a degree of transparency that far exceeds what is available today.”
The proposed Transparency in Coverage rule would require employers, insurers, and their third-party administrators to:
Our comments made a number of recommendations to reduce implementation costs and protect employers, including:
AHPI weighs in on quality data: The comments also noted that while employers should be encouraged to provide quality data, much more needs to be done on simplifying and developing standardized quality measures before requiring employers to disclose the data.
Next step for the rulemaking: The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor will now review the comments before publishing a final rule later this year. The final rule, which may be challenged in court, is likely go into effect one year later (2022).