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Spring2019
 

Spring Cleaning for Your Medical Records

If your medical papers have been piling up, springtime is a good time to get them in order. Find out here what to keep and how you might use those records.

Telehealth: A New Way of Getting Healthcare

Telehealth, also called telemedicine, is becoming more popular as a way of getting healthcare. Telehealth delivers care and information through electronic devices, like telephones, tablets and computers. That means you may not have to travel to an office, clinic or hospital.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Negotiating Out-of-Network Costs

Since providers can decide how much to charge for out-of-network care, that charge sometimes can be higher than you expected. You can use our free Medical and Dental Cost Lookup Tools to discuss and negotiate the cost of care with out-of-network providers.

Winter2019
 

Preventive and Wellness Care for the New Year

With a new year ahead, now is a good time to think about prevention and wellness. Preventive and wellness services can help you to stay healthy and get healthier. Many services are covered for free by most health insurance plans.

How Dental Plans Differ from Medical Plans

Most medical insurance plans don’t cover dental care, so for that you need a separate dental plan. If you have a dental plan, it’s important to know how it’s similar to a medical plan—and how it’s different.

A Look Back at a Year of the FAIR Health Consumer Website

At fairhealthconsumer.org, FAIR Health provides consumers with free online healthcare cost lookup tools and insurance information. Who visits the website, and what are they looking for? We decided to do a study of 2018 to find out. Let’s take a look back at the last year on our award-winning website.

Fall2018
 

Fall Is Open Enrollment Season

As the leaves change color, it’s a good time to think about health insurance. That’s because fall is open enrollment season—the time of year when you can sign up for a health plan or make changes to the plan you have.

Types of Health Plans

When shopping for a health plan, you may see a plan described as an HMO, PPO, POS or EPO. Those abbreviations are important because the coverage, rules and typical costs differ for each type of plan.

Mental Health Parity Law Turns Ten Years Old

Mental health is an important part of our well-being. Thanks to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, most health insurance plans that cover mental health must provide the same level of coverage for mental as for physical healthcare.

Summer2018
 

Top Three Reasons for Getting a Healthcare Estimate

You can use the free FAIR Health Cost Lookup Tool to find out what healthcare procedures might cost you. Learn the top three reasons for estimating costs ahead of time and find out how to use the Cost Lookup Tool.

Royal Birth Spotlights US Childbirth Costs

Kate Middleton gave birth to the latest royal infant in high style in the private wing of her London hospital. Using FAIR Health data, a flurry of news stories estimated that the birth probably cost less than the average US delivery.

Help for Caregivers

Are you caring long-term for a sick or disabled loved one? If so, you may sometimes feel alone and overwhelmed. Luckily, there are many ways to get support.

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