Marleau bill would create Michigan Health Care Transparency Act

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau will introduce Senate Bill 590 on Wednesday to create the Michigan Health Care Transparency Act, providing public access to the cost and quality of health care.

“Our residents are paying more and employers are hiring fewer people due to rising health care costs,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “The Michigan Health Care Transparency Act would provide a framework, leveraging existing resources to allow consumers, employers, researchers and policymakers access to comprehensive cost and quality information.”

Last year, a bipartisan workgroup from the Michigan Senate and House, the Department of Community Health and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services led an extensive stakeholder process that included interviews with employers, consumer organizations, health care providers, insurance carriers and national health data experts.

The workgroup released the Michigan Health Care Cost and Quality Advisory Committee Report.

“The workgroup’s conclusion in the report was unanimous: We should utilize accurate health care claims data for the purpose of improving quality and reducing costs,” Marleau said.

Marleau’s bill is a reflection of the workgroup’s recommendations. The measure also incorporates best practices from the 19 other states that have adopted similar legislation.

The Michigan Health Care Cost and Quality Advisory Committee Report is available at www.SenatorJimMarleau.com.

SB 590 is expected to be referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee for consideration.