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Shared Decision Making and Preference-Sensitive Conditions
Do you need to talk to your doctor about treatment options for your health problem? Are you not sure which treatment option is the best choice for you? This article suggests ways to talk to your doctor about three common health problems where there may be no clear, “right” option. They are uterine fibroids, type 2 diabetes and slow-growing prostate cancer.
Coming Soon: FAIR Health Report on National Surveys of Older Adults and Family Caregivers
On February 14, FAIR Health will issue a report on two national surveys. One is a survey of older adults (those aged 65 and older). The other is of family caregivers/care partners. The surveys were carried out as part of a program generously funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. The surveys concerned the needs of older adults and family caregivers/care partners regarding healthcare navigation and decision making.
How to Save Money on a Deductible
A deductible is how much you have to pay on your own for healthcare before your health plan kicks in and starts paying its share. You may have chosen a plan with a high deductible to save money on the monthly premium. But you also can save money while you’re paying off your deductible. Here’s how.
The Health Insurance Marketplace Is Open Now
Shopping for a health plan? Want to change the one you have? Depending on where you live, you now may have up to August 15, 2021, to sign up for or change your plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. This special enrollment period is part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shopping for Shoppable Services
Sometimes, as in an emergency, you can’t shop around for healthcare. But for many health services you receive in a hospital or health system, you have time to plan. You can use our Shoppable Services tool to learn the average price for a service in your area and surrounding areas
Consumer Classroom Teaches the Health Insurance Fundamentals
Do you know the difference between an HMO and a PPO? Or between a copay and coinsurance? Now you can learn the basics of health insurance on the go. Download FAIR Health’s new, free mobile app, FH® Consumer Classroom.
How to Deal with COVID-19 Medical Costs
Thanks to a law passed in the spring of 2020, most Americans can be tested for COVID-19 for free. But that law didn’t make treatment for the virus free. Whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, you can take steps now to understand your protections under the law and manage your treatment costs.
Help with Insurance Issues
Sometimes you may need help dealing with health insurance issues. You might have questions about what your insurance will cover, or need support in finding and enrolling in a plan. Or you may have claim issues with your insurance company. There are many places you can find help for all of these concerns.
A Look Back at 2020 on the FAIR Health Consumer Website
In 2020, FAIR Health added several COVID-19 resources to its free, award-winning consumer website fairhealthconsumer.org. The resources make the site even more useful in these challenging times. Other highlights of 2020 can be found here in the FAIR Health Consumer year-end statistics for 2020.
Fall Is Open Enrollment Season
Now that fall is here, it's a good time to think about health insurance, especially in light of the risk of getting COVID-19 or the flu. 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.
The Facts about Cost Sharing
No matter what kind of health plan you get, you'll probably have to pay something. Here are the types of payments you may have to make—and how to make your dollars stretch as far as possible.