When a trip to the doctor for preventive care comes with a surprise bill, it’s not a happy surprise. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates health plans cover the cost of preventive care, at no extra cost. But you may still get a bill from your doctor after a preventive visit.
Confused? That’s understandable. We talked to customer service representatives and reviewed customer feedback to find out common situations that lead to surprise bills.
Based on those examples, here are 5 things you can do to avoid paying more for preventive care:
Adults and children get certain preventive care covered 100 percent under the ACA. There’s an additional list for women’s health services. Adult preventive care benefits include:
Extra preventive care benefits for women include:
Children’s preventive care benefits include:
Talking about other issues (such as an injury), may result in an additional charge for an office visit.
Common preventive services that may come with surprise costs include:
Eighty-six cents of every healthcare dollar spent in the United States is used to treat or manage chronic conditions. A full 80% of those conditions are completely preventable through awareness, education and lifestyle modification. Find out more.
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