AHIMA April 13, 2021
Lauren Riplinger, JD

The overall cost of healthcare is top of many Americans’ minds these days. According to a March 2021 Gallup poll, 80 percent of respondents worry about the availability and affordability of healthcare a “great deal” or a “fair amount.”1

Today, most Americans have coverage through their employer or a public program, such as Medicare or Medicaid. However, in 2019, 28.9 million individuals were uninsured. At the same time, healthcare costs have continued to increase. Much of this cost has been passed along to individuals in the form of higher premiums, deductibles, and other forms of cost sharing.

As the cost of care rises, policymakers have increasingly focused on the need for greater transparency in healthcare prices and health plan coverage.


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