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Lawmakers had one vendor in mind when they wrote health transparency bill

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March

The Florida House on Wednesday voted to create a statewide health care cost database.

The state will open a bidding process for the contract, but the legislation (HB 1175) appears to have just one vendor in mind.

Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, set out a list of specific requirements for the vendor: It must be a nonprofit licensed by federal regulators with access to 15 billion insurance claim datapoints.

Sprowls said he has met with various interested organizations. Still, he said on the House floor that he knows of just one group that can provide that meets the specific criteria outlined in the bill: the Health Care Cost Institute, which publishes a database called Guroo.

Sprowls said that when lawmakers were working to write the bill, they had HCCI in mind after the group’s director testified at Gov. Rick Scott’s Commission on Health Care and Hospital Funding. It does not appear that HCCI or any of its directors have contributed to political campaigns in Florida.

"We just kind of started to peel back the onion and figure out what it is that we need to give consumers the best estimate as to what things cost,” Sprowls said.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 11:32am]

    

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