Good Faith Estimate
Under the “No Surprises Act,” health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of their bill for health care items and services before those items or services are provided. You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. The Good Faith Estimate does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment, and the estimate is solely based on the information known at the time the estimate was generated.
- 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.
- 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 an item or 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.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises, or call 1-800-985-3059.