Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently signed the state budget bill (HB 166) into law on July 19, 2019, vetoing some of the health care transparency provisions.
The vetoed provisions established procedures for health care providers to provide cost estimates to consumers and require reimbursement for out-of-network services when performed at an in-network facility.
DeWine said: “I share the legislatures goal of providing consumers the information necessary to make informed decisions about their health care. Additionally, President Trump has recently signed an executive order requiring implementation of health care transparency rules, an initiative I also support. As the federal government develops these efforts and others, it is important that the state not place duplicative or burdensome regulations on health care providers, as these compliance costs will inevitability be passed on to the citizens of this State as consumers of healthcare. Over the past few months, the stakeholder community has worked toward this goal and developed common sense solutions, which should continue to be developed. I have requested that relevant state agencies collaborate with stakeholders to continue this important effort. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.”