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DOI Hearings on Limited Networks, Transparency

DOI Hearings on Limited Networks, Transparency

April 25, 2010

The DOI will hold two informational hearings in the next few weeks. The first hearing, scheduled for May 6th at 10 am, will discuss limited provider networks and the effect they may have on small business health insurance premiums. Both the Governor's and the Senate President's premium rate relief bills direct insurers to offer limited network plans.

The second hearing, scheduled for May 7th at 10 am, will discuss the benefits of transparency in the health care marketplace. The DOI's notice explains the goal:

"The purpose of the Informational Hearing on Transparency is to afford all interested persons an opportunity to provide oral and/or written comments regarding the benefits of transparency and its effect on competition in the health care marketplace. Specifically, the Division is seeking comments on ways to promote transparency, including insurers’ public disclosure of certain cost information related to specific procedures.

With the beginnings of transparency of information revealed by the Attorney General's report on the state's health marketplace, this hearing should move the ball further towards greater public accountability within our health care financing system.

Both hearings will take place at 1000 Washington Street, Suite 810, Boston, Massachusetts, 02118. Anyone wishing to testify should contact the Docket Clerk at DOI.
-Georgia Maheras