High Value Health Care

PIRG urges US House to pass Lower Costs, More Transparency Act

Our letter asks the House to pass laws to increase price transparency and end medical billing abuses.

Health care

A surgical mask and U.S. dollar bills
Bermix Studio | Unsplash.com

The US House is set to vote on a major piece of health care legislation that would begin to address skyrocketing health care costs. Among other provisions, it would:

  1. Strengthen price transparency regulations and create more meaningful enforcement compared to current law;
  2. Implement site-neutral payments for certain services, moving the health care system away from pricing based on where services are provided; and
  3. Require off-campus hospital locations to have separate identifiers for billing purposes, preventing providers from using more expensive hospital codes for services that didn’t take place at an actual hospital.

PIRG sent a letter asking representatives to vote “yes” on this legislation, scheduled for a vote on Monday, December 11. Passing this bill would be a great first step to lower health care costs and more tools in the toolbox for patient protection. You can send a letter to your Representative asking them to pass the bill using the link below.

Maribeth Guarino

Former High Value Health Care, Advocate, PIRG

See the Campaign

Show More