Website Full of Helpful Health Care Information

HealthBuzzEarlier this summer, the state’s Insurance Department received high marks for price transparency in health care costs. Chiefly responsible for that rating is the insurance department’s excellent NH HealthCost website.

The site, which was recently updated, is a free service from the Insurance Department that shows you what a visit to the doctor, a surgical procedure or a prescription would cost you with any of the health plans in the state (or even if you don’t have coverage). The site is easy to use — and mobile-ready — and goes way beyond just listing prices. You can also find information on the quality of care at local hospitals, which includes information on patient experience, infection protection and heart attack care.

The site also includes an interactive guide to help you better understand health insurance, which can help whether you’re trying to choose a plan, manage costs or simply navigate the insurance system. The best thing about the site is that it’s free for anyone to use. Even if you already have access to other price comparison tools — Vitals SmartShopper, for example — this should be considered another valuable tool in your healthcare toolchest. You can find NH HealthCost at http://nhhealthcost.nh.gov/.

Do you have a health benefit question? Send it to Chris Porter at cporter@seiu1984.org and put “Ask Chris” in the subject line. Chris is our Compensation and Benefit Research Specialist who will advocate for members experiencing challenges with their contracted medical benefits. We’ll post answers to commonly posed questions in this column.

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