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CA Bill to Create Health Care Cost Transparency Database

Governor Brown approved the Omnibus Health Trailer Bill last week. The bill makes revisions to various health care programs in order to implement the 2018-19 state budget.  Among the many changes introduced in the bill are several new health care councils and programs. Specifically, the bill directs the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to create the Health Care Cost Transparency Database. The database will bring together information from health insurers, health care services plans, and other payers to increase payment and pricing transparency and to inform policy decisions.

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