G.O.P. lawmaker asks for criticism of A.C.A., but doesn’t get it

Summary:  Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, Wash., decided to look for negative information about the Affordable Care Act. So she wrote on her Facebook page: “This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer […]

People are hungry for health cost information, new study finds

Summary: Americans are hungry for health cost information, according to a new study by Public Agenda, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. While this was not a total surprise to us, we are interested to see scholarly papers addressing the things people quite often tell us: “No one shops for health care” and “Most people […]

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

(Updated, March 2019) People are telling us they are paying cash for common medical procedures, even if they’re insured — and getting lower prices. Is this common? Is it legal? Why don’t more people ask for lower cash rates, and why don’t more providers offer? The situation, as described by two of our community members […]

How to shop smart for medications: A simple binder method

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

This post about how to buy medications thoughtfully as a smart consumer appeared on one of my online groups. I thought it was so wise that I asked the author if I could post it here, and she agreed. The writer is Moyra Phillips, Huntsville, Ala., who identifies herself as “a wife, mother, grandmother.” The […]

Our latest TedMed Great Challenges event: Technology and Transparency

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

TedMed Great Challenges events engage the big issues of the day. Here’s our latest. Guest info from the TedMed crew. GUESTS: Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. A Great Challenges Team Member, Jeanne has been a leader in the health cost transparency movement, partnering this Summer with WNYC to crowdsource the cost of mammograms. Follow Jeanne on Twitter @CHCosts. […]

‘Looking through my eyes’ — a saga of lupus and health care

This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its misison expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * * […]

An accident and the consequences: Uninsured in Los Angeles

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Elizabeth Celms. While these stories talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. The number of uninsured people is around 50 million in […]