HB 1421 – Indiana

Status: Enacted
Year Introduced: 2021
Year Enacted: 2021
Link: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/house/1421/

Provides that the state employee health plan statute does not prohibit the state personnel department from directly contracting with health care providers for health care services for state employees. Defines “health carrier” for purposes of the law on health provider contracts. Requires a hospital to post pricing information in compliance with the federal Hospital Price Transparency Rule of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as in effect on January 1, 2021, if: (1) the federal Hospital Price Transparency Rule is repealed; or (2) federal enforcement of the federal Hospital Price Transparency Rule is stopped. Prohibits the inclusion in a health provider contract of any provision that would: (1) prohibit the disclosure of health care service claims data for purposes of using price transparency tools, including the all payer claims data base; (2) limit the ability of a health carrier or health provider facility to disclose the allowed amount and fees of services to any insured or enrollee, or to the treating health provider facility or physician of the insured or enrollee; or (3) limit the ability of a health carrier or health provider facility to disclose out-of-pocket costs to an insured or an enrollee. Requires the department of insurance to issue a report to: (1) the legislative council; and (2) the interim study committees on financial institutions and insurance and public health, behavioral health, and human services; setting forth its suggestions for revising the department’s administrative rules to reduce the regulatory costs incurred by employers seeking to provide health coverage for their employees through multiple employer welfare arrangements. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the rising cost and prices of health care services in Indiana. Requires the legislative services agency to conduct a study of market concentration in the health insurance industry, the hospital industry, the professions of licensed health care practitioners, the retail pharmaceutical industry, and the pharmacy benefit manager industry.

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