Health and Human Services’ Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule
The National Health Council (NHC) appreciates the Opportunity to comment on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Transparency in Coverage proposed rule. The NHC has long advocated for increased access to out-of-pocket (OOP) cost information for patients beginning at the plan selection process. As costs continue to rise for patients with chronic conditions, and payers enter the market with a variety of plans, we believe that greater transparency of both the cost of care and available options to patients is more imperative now than ever. Providing patients with clear options for comprehensive, appropriate coverage and care is imperative to the promotion of high-value care, as outlined in our domains and values on reducing costs for patients.
We recognize that increasing transparency in our complicated health care system – – in a manner that is easy for patients to navigate – – is challenging. The NHC is committed to working with policymakers in the Administration and Congress to create policies that will better inform patients of the costs associated with the services they need.