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AMAC Members Attain Major Victory for Healthcare Price Transparency

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Health care price transparency has just become reality thanks to a huge assist from AMAC members!  Throughout this year, tens of thousands of AMAC members contacted their members of Congress and also stated their opinion in support of President Trump’s price transparency Executive Order directly to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency working to fulfill the order.

The final price transparency rule was announced today, and it is strong. According to a CMS press release, “Under this final rule, about 200 million Americans will gain access to real-time price information, enabling them to know how much their healthcare will cost them before going in for treatment.  The rule requires group health plans and health insurance issuers in the individual and group markets to not only provide easy-to-understand personalized information on enrollee cost-sharing for healthcare services, but they must also publicly disclose the rates they actually pay healthcare providers for specific services.  This will allow for unprecedented price transparency that will benefit employers, providers, and patients to help drive down healthcare costs.”

The advocacy on behalf of President Trump’s order by AMAC members was overwhelming and translated into a final rule that will reduce the secrecy behind healthcare pricing and bring welcomed competition to the private healthcare industry.  Healthcare consumers may also expect real-time, personalized access to cost-sharing information, including estimates of their cost-sharing liability, through an internet based self-service tool. Importantly, patients will be empowered to shop and compare costs between specific providers before receiving care. Making this information available to the public will drive innovation and support informed, price-conscious decision-making.

AMAC Action has been lobbying aggressively for healthcare price transparency and this major victory would not have been accomplished without AMAC members getting involved and taking action. We sincerely thank you. Your voices were heard loud and clear!

You can read the entire CMS press release here.

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Ron Vorse
2 months ago

Does this mean we who do not have health (dental) insurance will now be able to see what the insurance companies pay for the same proceedures?

Walter
2 months ago

Listen. Nothing is free. Someone else will have to pay for it one way or another. I would support free medical for all Americans if we stopped paying NATO and all the rest of the countries in the world-seems like we would have enough money to take care of our citizens medical needs first–then we can help out the rest of the world. And yes, America has been for the longest time the most generous country in the world. I never hear of any other country sending the US a check for the fires and hurricanes or other disasters we have in America-have you? Maybe the doctors and hospitals could lower their bills-right–

Sharon
Reply to  Walter
2 months ago

I agree, but let’s add NOT insuring illegals who sneak in to our country, or folks who get SSI for bad backs, nervous twitches or any other excuse for not working, yet you see them painting their house, fences, vacationing,etc. If I sound bitter, I guess I am as I worked 28 years, worked a 2nd job for 6 of those yrs and raised a child (my only child, a son). I always instilled in him the importance and benefit of WORKING and being responsible. Thank GOD he embraced this and has been working since high school. He had 3 options after graduation-college, the military or employment. He wanted a break from school so he chose working. He went back later and obtained a bachelor’s in computer engineering and worked for Apple first, and currently works as a troubleshooter for installation of computer systems in hospitals. I was fortunate in that he was very bright, but as a typical teen, had some problems to work through. My point in this is we ARE a the GREATEST country in the WORLD despite what Biden and others on the Left think, however sometimes we make it too easy for others to take advantage of by endless government programs that make it easier for those who don’t WANT to work rather than those who CAN’T. Big Difference!

Edward
2 months ago

Over the years I have experienced forced document signing for all services and fees regardless of V.A. referrals for treatment. In addition authorized treatment from the VA is not honored by health care facilities. Unknown bills are demanded payment, Medicare reports they are paying thousands, yet health care centers still demand payment from the victim patient. It is impossible to track treatment payments from the VA or Medicare due to the totally different descriptions for a single treatment by the V.A., Medicare, and health care facilities. It is hopeless, deceitful, and unaccountable. Not only are insurance companies raking in income, health care facilities are deep in the system of acquiring money from human misery.

Jacqueline
Reply to  Edward
2 months ago

I summed up our socialized medicine as. “ILL GAIN.” GET ILL AND THEY GAIN.
Demand that our healthcare reverts back to the private sector even if it means that the freebies end. Send the law breakers bleeding the system back to the country of their origin.
Reform Immigration Laws to enable applicants from 3rd world countries to come here legally. END ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO THIS NATION. END THE ABUSE OF OUR HEALTHCARE JUST FOR VOTES AFFECTING VETS AND CITIZENS BY THE DEMAND FOR FREE HEALTHCARE.

Freda
2 months ago

Do you have any advantage plans to assist the over 65 on Medicare?

Jacqueline
2 months ago

INSURANCE COMPANIES NEVER..NEVER, NEVER LOSE. If costs are lowered, so will benefits be lowered…..This is NOT WHAT TRUMP PROMISED IN HIS CAMPAIGN of 2016. He promised to THROW OUTTHE DISASTER, OBAMACARE…PERIOD. leaving us to believe that our healthcare would revert back to the private sector. No mention was made to replace it with another GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE PROGRAM: TRUMPCARE! President Trump thinks he did a swell job by removing the mandate to be fined if not insured under Obamacare…..But the rest remained in place…High Costs for everyone…Can’t keep your doctor…3-4 months for a doctor’s app’t. Then, doctors can no longer afford to be in practice for themselves due to the Insurance Companies premiums and struggles. The Doctors have to join large medical corporations to exist. We have become a number. THIS IS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. THIS IS NOT HEALTHCARE…IT IS “ILLGAIN”….get ILL AND THEY GAIN. (the corporations, the hospitals and the Insurance companies.)

Sorry, folks. I have had enough of the government’s intrusion in our healthcare. I do not want the government involved at all. At the time of Obamacare’s approval or should I say, The Affordable Healthcare Program, I had supplemental insurance to my Medicare that paid everything and it cost $147.50/mo. Once Obamacare was approved, without warning it shot up to $350.00/mo. AFFORDABLE???? This was quite a hit on Social Security income. Did anybody care? You guessed it…NO…PAY UP OR GIVE IT UP….SO I GAVE IT UP.

Do not approve of more government intrusion in our healthcare….LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD….BACK TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
Send the recipients of FREE HEALTHCARE back to their own countries for assistance. The hospitals and the insurance companies will be happy AND SO WILL WE WHEN WE FINALLY GET AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

Dave
Reply to  Jacqueline
2 months ago

Jacqueline,
I share your frustration, but Trump is not to blame.
For his entire term, he hasn’t had the support of Congress, even the first two years when we held both chambers.
The so-called “Republicans” slow-walked everything they did, and I’ll never forgive them.
It’s way past time to GET RID OF THE RINO’S, and elect TRUE CONSERVATIVES to the house and senate, as well as re-elect Trump for another 4 years.

artzymom
Reply to  Jacqueline
2 months ago

It is not that simple for President Trump to get that done. Unless you are deaf and blind you must see that he is being blocked on all sides in his efforts to get better healthcare. Besides the Left trying to impeach him, China sending the Virus all over the world, in the next 4 years he will accomplish more benefits. It is amazing he got as much done during this complete farce the Leftist Democrats have caused with their Power Play.