Advocate uses similar approach to win over legislators and health plan administrators.
After success in getting all Missouri’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor Medicare and TRICARE modernization bills, ACA Missouri Alternate Delegate Quinn James, DC, is continuing his efforts on the local level. He recently began looking at self-funded plans in the St. Louis, Mo., area and finding flaws in their benefit designs. Using a similar approach he takes with legislators, he was sucessful in convincing a local union to expand its chiropractic coverage.
On Thursday, Oct. 29, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled final policies aimed at increasing price transparency in the healthcare system. The new rule will require health insurers to provide patients with complete pricing information prior to a service being rendered and builds off an earlier price transparency rule that requires hospitals to publish their negotiated rates. While this could be viewed as a win for healthcare consumers, ACA has its eyes on a bigger prize, and that is to strip insurance companies of their ability to skirt this country’s antitrust laws.