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AARP: Consumers Deserve to Know Health Provider Charges

Today, AARP Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Joyce Rogers, released the following statement in reaction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services release of hospital charge records showing wide disparities in pricing:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 9, 2013

CONTACT:
Allyson Funk
@allyfunk or @AARPmedia
202-434-2560 or media@aarp.org

AARP: Consumers Deserve to Know Health Provider Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, AARP Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Joyce Rogers, released the following statement in reaction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services release of hospital charge records showing wide disparities in pricing:

“AARP is pleased that CMS has made these records available and supports even greater transparency in health care pricing information. We supported the critical transparency measures built into the Affordable Care Act, but we know there is more to be done.

“Consumers deserve to know what a health care provider is charging – them or their insurance – for a given procedure. This release of information is a step in the right direction toward a more fair and open market.

“We support requirements that hospitals make information about their charges available to patients – and link those costs to quality outcomes – so patients can make the best decisions about their care and prepare for the costs associated with it.

“Armed with more information about health care costs, consumers can better advocate for themselves and their loved ones.” 

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.​

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