Ohio has been relatively inactive during the 2017 legislation on healthcare price transparency, cost, or markets. Ohio introduced bills that aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, increasing insurance plan transparency and providing universal healthcare coverage. However, none of these bills had bipartisan support and all failed in committee.On the price transparency front, an Ohio law enacted in 2015 (HB 52) to increase health care price transparency in the state still has not been enforced because of an ongoing legal challenge from health care providers. The Healthcare Price Transparency Law
, which was scheduled to take effect in January 2017, requires providers to supply patients with a “good faith” estimate of how much non-emergency, elective health care services would cost individuals after accounting for health insurance. The law would mandate that providers must give the cost information to patients before they begin treatment. Providers argue that the law’s requirements are too broad and would delay patient care by requiring physicians to make cost estimates before beginning treatment. As of February 2018, the hearing on the lawsuit has been delayed indefinitely.