PUBLIC AGENDA MEDIA | APRIL 5TH, 2017

Still Searching: How New Hampshire Residents Use Health Care Price Information

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New Hampshire residents, like many Americans, bear a significant share of their health care costs in the form of high deductibles and insurance premiums, as well as copayments and, sometimes, coinsurance. Health care systems in the United States have historically not made it easy for people to find out how much their care will cost them. New Hampshire, however, was one of three states that received a grade of “A” for its price transparency laws from Catalyst for Payment Reform in 2016. Health insurers in New Hampshire must disclose price information to their members. The state also runs a free website providing price information that is specific to each resident’s insurer, deductible size and coinsurance. In this unique landscape of price transparency, this research explores New Hampshire residents’ behaviors, attitudes and perspectives related to health care price information.

Findings are based on a representative survey of 826 adults in New Hampshire and a nationally representative survey of 2,062 U.S. adults, conducted from July through September 2016 by telephone, including cell phones, and online.

Public Agenda conducted this research with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These surveys were conducted in conjunction with representative surveys in three additional states: New York, Texas and Florida. (2017)

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