California healthcare cost transparency laws are seriously lacking, according to a new national study released Monday, which looked at how much healthcare pricing information is readily available to consumers.
(View the study attached to the right.)
California received a "D" for its overall legislative effort toward price transparency for healthcare, according to the report. Thirty-six states received a "D" of "F" and only 14 got a grade of "C" or better. Massachusetts and New Hampshire were the only states to receive an "A."
The study graded each state on a set of criteria, awarding more points to states with laws requiring health care cost information be posted on a website. States received less points if their laws require the information be released in a public report, be made available on request or only require release to a specific state agency.
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