The No Surprises Act & Receiving a Good Faith Estimate
The Right to a “Good Faith Estimate”
Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, healthcare providers are required to provide a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges for items/services to individuals not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing, upon request or at the time of scheduling healthcare services. The No Surprises Act requirements protect uninsured or self-pay clients from unexpected medical bills.
You are entitled to receive a Good Faith Estimate of what your estimated charges will be, before you receive the service. You may also request a Good Faith Estimate even if you do not schedule an appointment.
Upon request, your health care provider will provide you with a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item.
You can also ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, 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, you can dispute the bill.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.