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5: Conclusion

Health Care Cost Resources


Coverages and Costs

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers a look up tool where you can search for provider information on payments for typical services and procedures. This is helpful information for negotiations.
  • Prescription drug cost comparison sites, including your own health care provider and third-party sites such as, which offers coupons and savings tips no matter your insurance coverage status.
Distance Health Care
  • Teladoc is a service that offer members remote or in-home access to health professionals. Check with your insurance plan to see if telemedicine and/or in-home urgent care services are covered.

General Resources

  • The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has a host of information available to consumers, including questions to ask your doctor, steps to take after a diagnosis and taking prescribed medications.
  • presents a confidential Benefit Finder tool to help you identify federal and state benefits for which you qualify. Use the following tutorial to help you.
  • Health offers help with ACA health exchange (marketplace) information, subsidies, enrollment and your rights as a health care consumer. Keep in mind that your state may have its own marketplace. Local help is available for finding assistance near you. Make sure the broker works with all insurance carriers offering exchange (marketplace) plans in your area.
  • offers information about long-term care, what is covered and costs. You can also use the Pathfinder to get information relevant to your current age and needs.
  • has information related to Medicare sign-up and coverages, Medigap and long-term care.
  • U. S. Department of Health & Human Services (USHHS) offers information on health marketplace news, Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance topics.
  • Use the series of Wellness Toolkits from the National Institutes of Health to improve your health and well-being.

Health Care Centers

  • Federally-funded health centers deliver cost-effective care regardless of your ability to pay. These community-based organizations are cost effective in providing primary, oral, mental, vision and substance abuse care. Use the Find a Health Center tool to locate one near you.

Health Care Terminology

Patient Advocacy

  • Find patient advocates through your health insurance plan, the medical facility or office from which you are receiving care, or organizations such as the Patient Advocate Foundation.

Safety, Treatment Options and Health Care Providers

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC). Treatment options and preventive actions for certain diseases and conditions.
  • Among other topics offered at this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site is MyHealthFinder suggesting preventive services for you based on age.
  • State Health and Human Services. Your state’s Health and Human Services department has valuable information related to certificates, licenses, permits and safety ratings. Many states include information about treatments and preventive services.
  • Hospital Compare. The U.S. government’s hospital safety rating site.
  • The Leapfrog Group. This national nonprofit organization focuses on quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade provide information for consumer protection and safety.

Summary of Benefits

  • The National Association of Insurance Commissioners provides a sample Summary of Coverage to guide you through reviewing your own.

Tracking Your Health

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