Local senator’s signature legislation signed
June 3, 2014
After working on the issue of health care transparency for two legislative sessions, Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th District, Issaquah) recently stood at the governor’s side as the bill was signed into law.
“This was my top legislative priority this session, and with the cooperation of my colleagues in the Legislature, we were able to become one of the first states nationwide to pass this type of health care transparency legislation,” Mullet said in a press release.
Starting in January 2016, State Bill 6228 requires insurance companies in Washington state to provide a tool on the homepage of their website and a mobile app to enable consumers to look up information about how much a procedure will cost from various medical providers in their area. Consumers will also be able to see quality information when available and give feedback on patient experience.
“The goal is to enable people to become better health care consumers,” Mullet said. “I’m often shocked to find that constituents will spend hours finding the lowest prices on products at large retailers but will spend no personal time or energy to find out which medical provider has the lowest cost. This law will help give people information that was very difficult to find in the past.”