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Bringing Health Care Costs Into View

September 2021

Recently, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and Labor approved a rule that will require health plans and health insurers to be more transparent about costs to health plan members.

The goal of this legislation, known as the “transparency rule,” is to eliminate surprise medical bills. This includes disclosing member cost-sharing information (your cost for services), the rates the health plan negotiates for services with in-network providers, and the total amounts that will be covered by the plan when you see out-of-network providers.

While the legislation won’t be effective until January 1, 2022, as a UC PPO plan member, you already have access to cost estimate and transparency tools through the Sydney Health app.

Rooted in Transparency

University of California Health has been — and continues to be — committed to breaking down barriers, including those around cost and information sharing when it comes to what you pay for care you need. That is because all people deserve to have equal access to the care they need, regardless of when they need it.

By giving you access to this information — through digital tools that provide cost estimates, price comparisons and transparency about the quality of providers — you can be a more empowered advocate for the health care of you and your family.   

Get the Facts

Anthem PPO members have access to digital technology and information that give you a smarter, simpler and more personalized health care experience.

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Start here to understand how your plan works and to get general information about what you pay for medical and behavioral health services and prescription drugs.

Sydney Health Mobile App

In addition to helping you find Anthem network providers, Sydney Health can estimate the cost for over 600 services and procedures. Here’s how:

  1. Register and log in to the Sydney app.
  2. From the home screen, select Find Care, then Find Local Providers.
  3. Start typing the procedure name (for example, “Chest X-ray”) into the search bar
  4. View providers near you and estimated costs.

Get to know Sydney Health and watch a short video about its benefits. Then, download the free app for iPhone and Android.