Colorado and Other States Work to Make Health-Care Prices Available to the Public

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eleven states are taking steps to make prices for health-care services available to the public, in an effort to make it possible for consumers to shop for lower-cost providers and services. Colorado is working to create an all-payer claims database containing information from every receipt for a health-care service provided in the state, according to the Washington Post. Making claims data readable for consumers is difficult and expensive, and Colorado has had funding from private grants to begin its effort, but “to keep on making basic price information accessible to the public for free, they want to sell more complicated, custom data reports to businesses within the health industry.”