Health care costs would become more transparent under a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet of Issaquah. Nicole Vukonich reports. (TRT:54) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Know the costs before you go. That is the basis of a health care transparency bill heard today in the Senate Health Care Committee. The measure would require health insurance providers to clearly display on their websites the estimated costs along with quality of care and patient reviews. State Sen. Mark Mullet of Issaquah sponsored the legislation and has been working on the issue since last year.

Sen. Mullet (TRT:13) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: There is a fear that if all you do is give people the price, you’re not actually gonna really get the outcomes you’re hoping for so, this requires that you give people price and quality information so that they can combine those two and then make better informed health care decisions.

Senate Bill 6228 would require health insurance providers offering benefit plans after Dec. 31, 2015, to offer the health care transparency tools to their consumers. If the bill moves out of the committee, its next stop will be the fiscal Senate Ways & Means committee. Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.