September 29, 2016 | East Providence, RI – EveryBill’s healthcare payment platform won an honorable mention in the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ “A Bill You Can Understand” challenge. The national competition sought designs for systems that will dramatically simplify the experience of paying medical bills. 84 teams competed, including some from well-known healthcare software companies.

EveryBill’s platform lets patients see and pay all of their medical bills in one place, and is scheduled to launch in 2017.

The competition judges recognized EveryBill for its “excellent human-centered design process,” and for “working with stakeholders across the ecosystem.” They were especially impressed by the platform’s features for people with disabilities and by its tools for users who want to let family members and caregivers manage their healthcare bills.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse congratulated EveryBill on what he called “well-deserved national recognition,” and described EveryBill’s efforts to simplify the medical billing process as “another example of Rhode Island’s leadership in building a health care system that puts patients first.”

EveryBill’s team applauded the Department’s efforts to tackle the problem. “We have been saying that patient confusion is a problem that is both critical and solvable for a long time now,” said Jake Chase-Lubitz, EveryBill’s Director of Product Development. “We are thrilled that the Department of Health and Human Services is so focused on this issue.”

Justin Savage, Founder & CEO of EveryBill, argued that Rhode Island is the only place where this kind of innovation is possible. “We have an edge on execution due to the tremendous amount of support we have found for our efforts in Rhode Island. We could not do this anywhere else.”

Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced the competition in May, explaining that her agency is seeking “transformational approaches” that make medical billing “simpler, cleaner, and easer for patients to understand.” AARP and Mad*Pow sponsored the challenge. The winners were announced on Wednesday at the annual Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, CA.

EveryBill LLC was founded in 2008 and is based in East Providence, RI. It builds Web-based enterprise payment management software for companies, particularly those operating in challenging regulatory or security environments and with unique business requirements.

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