ESTIMATING WHAT YOUR HEALTH CARE MAY COST: A NEW TOOL
Determining the cost of a treatment or procedure can be a mysterious or baffling process for consumers. Governor Patrick is committed to price transparency and affordable health care for all Massachusetts residents; to meet those goals, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 makes it mandatory that health insurance carriers provide individualized information regarding the estimated or maximum allowed charge for a proposed service as well as the estimated amount a member may be responsible to pay out-of-pocket. These estimates are to be based on information available to the member's insurance company at the time the consumer requests the estimate.
A chart found here details the current phone numbers and website addresses for each company's cost estimator program.