Washington, D.C. — In response to the introduction of the bipartisan Lower Costs, More Transparency Act last week, and as a result of months of legislative activity in the U.S. House of Representatives, United States of Care Senior Director for Policy & External Affairs Lisa Hunter issued the following statement:
“The introduction of the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act marks a significant moment for people; the commonsense and targeted reforms in this legislation will create greater transparency in health care prices, more fairness in the charges people receive for health care services, and ultimately better access to care.
“Based on our listening work across the country, we know that high health care costs are harming people, regardless of geography, political party, or demographics. As overall health care costs escalate, the hospital sector comprises the largest share of any service line contributing to price increases that are creating ever-growing barriers to care for everyday people. Recent polling shows that 89% of voters believe it is important for Congress to take action to reduce hospital prices.
“That’s why United States of Care thanks Chairs Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Jason Smith, Virginia Foxx, and Ranking Member Frank Pallone for their leadership in introducing this bipartisan legislation. We recognize the months of negotiations, hearings, and markups that went into this package, and are encouraged to see this critical step forward that will pave the way for additional reforms – and ultimately better, more equitable access to care – in the future.
“As United States of Care continues to listen to what people want and need from our health care system – and uses these insights to guide our policy work – we hope that the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act will build a foundation for future federal efforts to reduce the high price of care and build a better health care system that puts the needs and well-being of people and families’ pocketbooks first.”
About United States of Care
United States of Care is a nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.