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Commentary

Leveraging State Insurance Commissioners’ Authority to Lower Hospital Costs

This commentary explains how rising health care costs and increased consolidation of hospitals and provider groups into large health systems have led states into exploring ways to contain costs and provide oversight of the growing market power of large hospitals. Through model policies from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), states can leverage their existing health market authority via insurance departments to slow cost growth and aim to ensure there is a level playing field between hospitals and insurers to drive fair negotiations for lower prices.