The Affordable Care Act's Disclosure Rules: Can They Improve Coverage, Raise Care Quality, and Cut Costs?

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<p>The Affordable Care Act is designed to expand access to affordable and adequate comprehensive health insurance, improve the quality and efficiency of care, and constrain rising health costs. While the state insurance marketplaces are key to accomplishing these goals, the health law also gives policymakers a lesser-known "transparency framework" for health insurance. </p><p>In a <a href="/blog/2014/affordable-care-acts-disclosure-rules-can-they-improve-coverage-raise-care-quality-and">new blog post,</a> Justin Giovannelli, J.D., Kevin W. Lucia, J.D., and Sarah Dash of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Health Insurance Reform, outline the Affordable Care Act's sunshine provisions, which, when implemented in 2015, will require health insurers to publicly report a wealth of existing industry data about coverage and claims. </p>
<p>"These disclosures will enable policymakers to see, as never before, how private health insurance is working for real people (and how it is not), permit apples-to-apples comparisons across plans, and supply the hard data critical to health care payment and delivery system reforms," the authors say. </p>
<p>Read the complete post on <a href="/blog/2014/affordable-care-acts-disclosure-rules-can-they-improve-coverage-raise-care-quality-and">The Commonwealth Fund Blog</a>. </p>