We can no longer be held hostage
to this anti-patient price setting system.
We are a coalition of labor unions, health care providers, community organizations, religious institutions, social justice advocates, and government entities fighting to rein in out-of-control hospital costs and anti-competitive behavior that hurt hard-working New Yorkers in every corner of the state. Hospitals are a driving force behind escalating health care costs, which prevent individuals from accessing affordable, high-quality care, leads to stagnating wages, and diverts taxpayer funds from much-needed public services.
HIGH HOSPITAL COSTS DRIVE HIGH HEALTH COSTS
–Zack Cooper, Economist at the Yale School of Public Health, 2019
As a Coalition we must:
Call on large hospital systems to come to the table in good faith and agree to fair and transparent contract terms, processes, and pricing.
Work with elected officials to advocate for meaningful policies that prohibit anti-competitive practices and ensure transparency in price setting and contracts by passing the Hospital Equity and Affordability Law (HEAL) and other regulatory measures.
Urge our governmental institutions to use all tools at their disposal to insist on fair pricing from hospital systems that protect the interests of all New Yorkers.
HEAL aims to improve hospital pricing transparency and promote competitive hospital contracting practices, arming purchasers with critical information when negotiating coverage contracts and helping to drive costs down. HEAL is challenging some of New York’s largest hospital systems – particularly NewYork-Presbyterian, which has some of the highest costs for standard procedures and services in the New York metro area – to account for their high healthcare prices. Smaller healthcare providers, with comparable levels of care, charge only a fraction in comparison.
1. End hospitals’ ability to dictate the terms under which the 32BJ Health Fund and other purchases can offer innovative clinical initiatives to participants and additional benefits that encourage participants to seek services at value-based health care providers.
2. Enable insurers to create or modify a tiered network benefit plan.
3. Rein in hospital pricing by prohibiting the use of “most favored nation provisions,” which forces insurers to honor the highest price negotiated with any hospital rather than the one negotiated individually.
RELENTLESS HEALTH VALUE -
July 14, 2022
Podcast: How to Kick a Big Hospital Out of Your Network, With Cora Opsahl
RELENTLESS HEALTH VALUE -
July 7, 2022
Podcast: Step One for Employers and Unions—Get Your Data, With Cora Opsahl
Crain's New York -
June 14, 2022
Op-ed: Passage of Heal price-transparency bill marks progress in fight for affordable health care
TIMES UNION -
May 24, 2022
Commentary: Women should not die for want of maternity care
For more information on how to join the Coalition for Affordable Hospitals in the effort against escalating prices, please use the form below.