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Health Care Cost Transparency Board

Washingtonians are paying more and more for their health care. Rising health care prices also affect how health care plans (payers) pay providers. The Health Care Cost Transparency Board was signed into law by Governor House Bill 2457), with the purpose of reducing health care cost growth and increasing price transparency.

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What’s the role of the board?

The Health Care Cost Transparency Board is responsible for reducing the state’s health care cost growth by:

  1. Determining the state’s total health care expenditures.
  2. Identifying cost trends and cost drivers in the health care system.
  3. Setting a health care cost growth benchmark for providers and payers.
  4. Reporting annually to the Legislature, including providing recommendations for lowering health care costs.

Every year, the board will set a benchmark for the annual rate of growth of total health care spending in Washington State. The board will identify health care providers and payers that are exceeding the established benchmark. The purpose of the benchmark and public reporting are to:

  • Make health care costs more transparent to the public and policymakers.
  • Encourage providers and payers to keep costs at or below the benchmark.
  • Reduce the overall trend of health care cost growth in Washington State.

Board members

The Health Care Cost Transparency Board has 14 members. Nine of them, including representatives of consumers and business and labor, are appointed by the Governor. The other members include the Washington State insurance commissioner, administrator of the Health Care Authority, director of Labor and Industries, the chief executive officer of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, and the representative of a local government that purchases health care.

Members are responsible for:

  • Establishing two advisory committees, one of health care providers and carriers and another on data issues.
  • Identifying the types and sources of data needed to annually calculate total health care expenditures and cost growth, and to establish the health care cost growth benchmark.
  • Working collaboratively together and with experts to explore issues and developing recommendations to lower health care costs.
  • Helping develop the reports to be submitted to the Legislature.
  • Considering and integrating public input into board recommendations as appropriate.

Learn more about the board on our Board members page

Meetings and materials

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Additional information

Thursday, February 18, 2021

2-4 p.m.

The meeting will be held via Zoom (no registration required)

 

Monday, March 15, 2021 2-4 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom    
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10 a.m.-noon The meeting will be held via Zoom    
Thursday, May 13, 2021 9-11 a.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom    
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2-4 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom  

 

Monday, July 19, 2021 2-4 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom    
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 2-4 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom    
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 2-4 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom    
Thursday, October 14, 2021 10 a.m.-noon The meeting will be held via Zoom    

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