Is reference pricing in line with ACA goals?

While many health economists embrace reference pricing as a way to reduce rising healthcare costs, some consumer advocates are skeptical, reports Vox. The wariness stems from a lack of information, since the method isn't yet widespread. Reference pricing also requires timely investment in consumer education and support, notes the article. Opponents worry that the payment method may harm those the healthcare reform law aims to protect. The Affordable Care Act places limits on out-of-pocket spending, so the question is how to manage spending beyond the reference price if a patient goes in for a procedure above his limit. Article