This site, Healthcare Clarity, collects and posts employer-sponsored health plan information. AARP, Amazon, Chevron, Costco, Walmart are some of the big companies.
The “About” page says this: “This website was founded in the interest of making American healthcare more transparent. Unlike the rest of the developed world, the American healthcare system is fragmented, exorbitantly expensive, and ineffective — Americans are far less healthier than we should be given the amount of money we pour into healthcare. In fact, we pay the most in the world for health care, yet rank at 51st for life expectancy. America is the only developed country in which you can die if you can’t afford to pay for your healthcare. …
“Please note: None of the files on this site were obtained through hacking or any other illegal means. All files were obtained through ordinary, albeit quite thorough, search engine searches (which nearly always led to files publicly available on the employers’ official websites), and as such were already public information. We request that employers continue to keep such information publicly accessible, and that they do not fault or discipline employees who made these files available on their websites up to now.”
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.