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Increased Transparency of Health Care Costs, Quality in California

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California moves towards increased transparency of health care costs, quality, and equity with the establishment of a new Health Payments Database (All Payer Claims Database) for a comprehensive tracking of the California health system. AB 80 (Chapter 12, Statutes of 2020) provided OSHPD with the authority to establish the Health Care Payments Data Program (HPD).

A further move towards transparency is being achieved through AB2118 – Health care service plans and health insurers: reporting requirement , which creates enhanced rate reporting in the individual health insurer market, to detect trends in premiums, cost sharing, benefits and enrollment. The bill requires health care service plans and health insurers, excluding a specialized health care service plan or specialized health care policy, to annually report to the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance and for this information to be publicly reported on the department’s Website.

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