WASHINGTON D.C. – On Nov. 15, PA House Majority Health Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) was invited to take part in President Donald J. Trump’s White House announcement of two historic administrative actions to fulfill his commitment to make health care prices more affordable, more transparent and more competitive than ever before.
“From day one of his administration, I have admired President Donald Trump’s steadfast devotion to becoming our nation’s fiercest and most accomplished presidential protector of every child’s right to be born,” said Rapp. “As majority chairman of the Pennsylvania House Health Committee, it was a tremendous honor to stand with our president as he delivered on another one of his winning promises to the American people of lowering prescription, insurance and other major health care cost drivers by expanding patient transparency and marketplace competition across the board.”
Specifically, the president confirmed that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is finalizing a rule that would require hospitals to make prices publicly available online. Hospitals would be required to display prices for shoppable services as a total package in an easy-to-read, consumer-friendly format.
The Trump Administration is also moving forward with a rule to require insurance companies and group health plans to provide cost estimates to enrollees in advance of care. These companies would also be required to make a list of all of their pricing information available to the public.
Taken together, these two rules represent the most aggressive actions taken by any administration to put health care price information in the hands of patients.
“Bringing this back to the state level, much of what was achieved at the White House last Friday closely mirrors many of the policies and priorities comprising our Healthier PA initiative which is being advanced by the PA House Republican majority to increase patient affordability, transparency and access to the highest quality of medical care,” concluded Rapp. “It’s great to be on same the page as our president and I am greatly looking forward to future opportunities to directly partner with the Trump administration on putting patients first.”
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Representative Kathy Rapp
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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On Friday, Nov. 15, PA House Majority Health Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) was invited to take part in President Donald J. Trump’s White House announcement of two historic administrative actions to fulfill his commitment to make health care prices more affordable, more transparent and more competitive than ever before.