The Colorado House Health and Insurance Committee advanced Senate Bill 93 to the committee of the whole on Tuesday.      The measure would lower the state’s interest rates on medical debt from 8% to 3% and require debt collection agencies to provide consumers an itemized statement on the medical charges in question.  The bill’s … Read more

Jamie Dudensing, CEO of the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), spoke to State of Reform and shared her insights about the current session and the work ahead in the coming year. TAHP is a statewide trade association that represents the health insurance industry, which includes employer-based coverage, insurers on the individual market, Medicaid managed … Read more

A bill increasing protections from surprise billing (HB 1688) has passed the Legislature and is on its way to Governor Inslee’s desk for signature. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler requested the legislation to help align Washington’s recent Balance Billing Protection Act with the new federal No Surprises Act that took effect on Jan. 1, 2022.     “We heard so … Read more

The health sector has long resisted revealing the prices it charges payers and consumers, but bipartisan pressure from Washington is forcing it to change. New rules are beginning to take effect, or will in the coming years, which will push into the public domain a flood of pricing data. The disruption to the industry could … Read more