News Service Florida writes one of Gov. Rick Scott’s key health-care initiatives remains in limbo with just months left in his term. In 2016 legislation $3.5 million was set aside to create a new website and to create a claims database that would allow Floridians to shop around when it comes to health care. But with Scott ready to leave the governor’s office in January, the health-care price information still isn’t available to Florida consumers. And it’s not clear when it will be, with members of a state panel told Wednesday that the Scott administration “doesn’t have an established timeline for the launch.”
Following the signing of legislation in 2016, the Scott administration signed a contract with the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to administer the database and develop a consumer-friendly website. An early iteration of the state website, FloridaHealthPriceFinder.com, has had nearly 30,000 hits since its premiere in November 2017. HCCI has received more than $3.5 million in payments from the state since July 2017 to create the website.
- News Service Florida (Sept 26 2018): http://www.wlrn.org/post/health-care-transparency-effort-lags
- Related AHT blog post (July 3 2018): https://abouthealthtransparency.org/2018/07/updated-cost-information-for-floridahealthpricefinder-website-launch-date-not-announced/