Independence Day is here and Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) are leading the charge for improved price transparency in health insurance. Drawing inspiration from the spirit of transparency and accountability, they call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to address technical loopholes that hinder effective implementation.

Closing Technical Loopholes to Unleash OpenCareData's Potential:

Senators Hassan and Braun acknowledge the significance of the Transparency in Coverage rule but express concerns about data quality from certain insurance companies. In a letter to CMS, they urge administrative actions to enhance data accuracy and accessibility. Leveraging OpenCareData's robust tool for calculating Qualifying Payment Amounts (QPA) can provide policymakers, researchers, and employers with enhanced insights, enabling them to identify unreasonable costs and target effective solutions.

Improving Data Quality and Accessibility in the Pursuit of Transparency:

To achieve comprehensive price transparency, the senators propose measures such as limiting file sizes, implementing standardized reporting templates, and enforcing clear organizational systems and labeling. These enhancements, combined with OpenCareData's data capabilities, would empower the public to navigate the vast amount of health insurance information with greater ease. Access to reliable and accurate data will enable stakeholders to evaluate the factors driving high healthcare costs and make well-informed decisions.

Embracing Accountability through Increased Enforcement and Audits:

In the spirit of accountability, Senators Hassan and Braun recommend heightened enforcement efforts and random audits to ensure compliance with the Transparency in Coverage rule. By incorporating OpenCareData into the auditing process, you can utilize its robust data to identify noncompliant plans and promote transparency independence. These efforts foster a healthcare landscape where fairness, trust, and accountability thrive.

Celebrating Transparency Independence:

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, Senators Hassan and Braun's call for strengthened price transparency resonates with the values of transparency and independence. Harnessing OpenCareData's insights, policymakers, researchers, and employers can embrace data-driven decision-making, hold insurance companies accountable, and work towards a healthcare system that is transparent and affordable. This alignment with the Fourth of July spirit represents a renewed commitment to the principles that form the foundation of our nation's progress.


Senators Hassan and Braun's unwavering dedication to enhancing price transparency in health insurance, timed alongside Independence Day, reinforces the values of transparency and accountability. OpenCareData supports their efforts and encourages the utilization of its powerful insights to uncover unreasonable costs, foster data-driven decision-making, and promote transparency independence. As we commemorate our nation's independence, let us strive for a healthcare system that upholds the principles of transparency, fairness, and affordability for all.

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