Estimating Medical, Rx and Dental costs

Healthcare costs are notoriously difficult to pin down and plan ahead. But to help you make estimates about your expenses, and particularly if you would be better off with a higher deductible plan, there are at least a few tools out there to help. To estimate Medical and Dental expenses: To estimate Prescription Drug prices: It's also important to remember that Medicare doesn't cover dental expenses. If you do enroll in a Health Savings Account, remember to include savings now for future dental expenses.

It can't hurt to ask... in writing

Did Your Health Plan Deny You Care? Fight Back By Bernard J. Wolfson, California Healthline Have you ever stepped up to the pharmacy cash register only to learn your new prescription will cost you hundreds of dollars — instead of your typical $25 copay — because your insurance doesn’t cover it? Or received a painfully high bill for a medical test because your health plan didn’t think it was necessary? Most people have, but only a tiny fraction ever appeal such decisions. In 2017, for example, enrollees in federally run Affordable Care Act marketplace plans appealed fewer than one-half of 1% of denied medical claims, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Read the full art

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