People like to research prices before they make a big purchase - and that goes for everything from cars to surgery. At least, that’s what Democratic Assemblymember Roger Hernandez says. He says his bill would create a website that lists costs of medical procedures, so that consumers can find the best deal.
“It’s important for consumers to be equipped with the information that will give them the power to question billing practices, to question a procedure that they feel they’re being overcharged for, and thus maybe the insurance company is being overcharged for,” Hernandez says.
The website would display the amount charged for a healthcare service, and how much was actually paid. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones supports the idea of an online database.
“When you think about it, for every other good or service that we purchase, you can see a price list, but not medical services. And the prices vary all over the place. Even from the same medical provider,” Jones says.
Jones says there may be legal impediments to making more health pricing information publically available.
For the first time homeless people in Reno are getting free eye care at an annual services event.
(AP) - A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases.
California public health data show the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children because of a personal belief has gone down this school year.
California lawmakers say public opinion has changed since the last time “right to die” legislation has been proposed in the state. That may explain why a group of Democratic lawmakers has introduced the “End of Life Option Act.”
Covered California: More Health Insurance Carriers Can Sell Individual Policies In Underserved AreasFriday, January 16, 2015
The Covered California board of directors has adopted a new policy that will allow more health insurance carriers to sell in areas of the state where there are few options now.