Good Faith Estimate
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your health care will cost.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have certain types of health care coverage or who are not using certain types of health care coverage an estimate of the bill for health care items and services before those items and services are provided.
- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency health care items or services upon request or when scheduling such items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, and equipment.
- If you schedule a health care item or service at least 3 business days in advance, make sure your health care provider or clinic gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within 1 business day before your health care service or item. If you schedule a health care item or service at least 10 business days in advance, make sure your health care provider or facility gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing within 3 business days after scheduling. You can also ask your health care provider or facility 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 from that provider or facility, 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 CMS.GOV/NOSURPRISES or call 1-800-985-3059.