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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.

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