At MCMH + Clinics, we understand that making informed decisions about your healthcare requires access to useful and transparent information. That's why we are committed to providing you with the tools you need to manage your medical expenses.
What is a Good Faith Estimate?
As a patient you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
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- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
- If you schedule a health care item or service at least 3 business days in advance, make sure your health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within 1 business day after scheduling. If you schedule a health care item or service at least 10 business days in advance, make sure your health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within three business days after scheduling. You can also ask any health care provider or facility for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service. If you do, make sure the health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within three business days after you ask.
- If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
- Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or to get more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers or email FederalPPDRQuestions@cms.hhs.gov, or call 1-800-985-3059
What are Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills?
Patients have the right to be informed about their medical costs and to make informed decisions about their healthcare. Under federal law, patients have protections against balance billing for emergency services, regardless of whether the provider is in-network or out-of-network. It's important to be aware of your rights as a patient and to ask questions to avoid unexpected medical bills. To learn more about your rights and protections against surprise medical bills use the link below.
Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills