Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (Cliff Owen/AP)

New Trump rule to make more health care rates public

The Trump administration on Friday issued controversial rules compelling hospitals and insurers to give consumers more information upfront about what their care will cost — requirements that officials say help Americans be better health-care shoppers.

Under one rule resisted for months by a broad swath of the health-care industry, hospitals must for the first time reveal in a consumer-friendly format the discounted rates they negotiate privately with insurers for a list of 300 services patients can schedule in advance, including X-rays and cesarean deliveries. The requirement takes effect in January, 2021.

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By Amy Goldstein November 15, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. EST