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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

What you see may not be what you get

Hospitals required to publicly post prices for services


January 19, 2019

WORLAND – A new federal law requiring hospitals to post their prices doesn’t mean that consumers will actually pay the listed price.

Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act, which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act requires all hospitals in the United States to make public, as of January 1, the prices of services offered.

But the public price advertised to the public may or may not be the price paid by consumers. According to a statement from Banner Health, who manages Washakie Medical Center in Worland, “It is important to remember that actual patient out-of-pock...

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