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Connecticut Hospitals Required To Disclose Trauma Costs

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In 2020, a new law will require Connecticut hospitals to tell the state how much they much they charge for health emergencies. 

The measure is part of a bipartisan package of consumer protections that aim to lower health care costs. 

It would establish a standard for insurance coverage of emergency department visits. So if a person believes they are having a health emergency, like a heart attack, insurers cannot deny coverage -- even if doctors diagnose the person’s condition as not serious. 

 

The law also prohibits the surprise billing for laboratory fees and prescription drugs. It also creates a task force to study high-deductible health plans.

Before the law passed, 11 of the 12 emergency trauma centers in the state did not reveal costs for their services.