- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers are considering asking the state to create a database of health procedure costs. The move would allow insurers and employers to compare prices throughout Wyoming, which has some of the most expensive health care in the country.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1OgrUNr ) that the House touched on the issue Monday as part of an overall discussion on the budget bill. A footnote in that bill suggests the creation of the statewide database, although it makes participation optional for health care facilities.

The Wyoming Business Coalition on Health has already started its own database. CEO Anne Ladd says the information can help lower costs for insurers, employers and patients.

She says the information will allow the business community to have a conversation about curbing the rising costs of health care.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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