A union health fund is urging state leaders to rein in high prices at private hospitals in a new report that reveals how costs for similar services can vary vastly among medical facilities in the same market.
The 32BJ Health Fund, which covers unionized building workers in 11 states and Washington D.C., said it will spend about $1.3 billion on medical claims this year on behalf of 200,000 members. More than half of that will go to hospitals.
But the fees the union pays to those hospitals vary widely, resulting in what it says are unnecessarily high costs that eat into workers’ wages. 32BJ pays more than triple
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