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 services and items.
- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency services or items. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
- Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a medical service.
- 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.
If you have health insurance, your plan may have better information about how much you will be asked to pay. Please call the number on the back of your insurance card.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, contact 1-800-985-3059 or visit https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises/consumers