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Hospital groups sued to block a Trump administration rule that would force them to disclose the discounted prices they offer to individual insurers.
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The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by the American Hospital Association and other industry groups in U.S. District Court in Washington, says the new rule violates the First Amendment and goes beyond the intent of the Affordable Care Act.
They argued the rule, which will require hospitals to report the rates they privately strike with individual insurers for all services beginning in 2021, is “unlawful, several times over.”
The Trump administration contends that requiring hospitals to release the negotiated price is intrinsic to lowering health care costs amid a surge of surprise medical bills for patients, who are often unaware of total costs until after they receive the bill.
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Prices charged for health care vary dramatically depending on several factors, including whether a provider is in or out of the patient's insurance network and what price the hospital negotiated with the insurance company. The cost of a mammogram ranges from $50 at a hospital in New Orleans to $86,000 at a hospital in Massachusetts, according to Clear Health Costs, which publishes information on health costs.
"Our goal was to give patients the knowledge they need about the real price of health care services, so they can shop for the highest-quality care at the lowest cost," President Trump said in November while introducing the proposal.