Pennsylvania has a robust set of healthcare inspection and transparency laws. However, initiatives to adopt other measures, including a most favored nations clause ban for healthcare contracts, a certificate of needs program, and a state-run health exchange have not gained traction in the legislature. Although Pennsylvania introduced several bills affecting price transparency, health care markets and costs, none were signed into law. Stay tuned for what action Pennsylvania will take this session.

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

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Additional Resources


Pennsylvania’s current regular legislative session runs from 1/2/2018– 11/30/2018. Bills from 2017 were carried over to 2018 for the 2017-2018 legislative term.


Pennsylvania’s budget operates on a twelve month cycle beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of the following calendar year. Pennsylvania enacted its FY 2018 Budget during the regular legislative session. To view Pennsylvania’s FY 2018 Budget, click here.


  • Pennsylvania was one of 16 states to file an amicus brief supporting the FTC’s winning position in the Ninth Circuit appeal of St. Luke’s Health Care Sys. v. FTC, No. 14-35173 (March 7, 2014), decided February 10, 2015. The States’ brief stated that the acceleration of health care costs due to the growth of large health care provider systems had become a matter of grave concern for the states.