With health care price transparency in full-effect, you now have the legal right to know how much your health care costs in Alaska. Here's what you need to know:
Providers are now required to publish price lists for their 60 most commonly performed procedures online and in-person in their facilities. You should expect to see these lists on your next visit to the doctor.
- If the price for a service or procedure you are looking for isn't on the list, you have the right to ask your health care provider or insurer for a good faith estimate of the costs of your care. The estimate and it must be provided to you within 10 days of your request or by the date of service--whichever is sooner.
If your provider doesn't provide you with price information or refuses to give you a good faith estimate timely, you can file a complaint with the Department of Health and Social Services by sending an email to DHSSpricereporting@alaska.gov.
Providers that do not comply with new price transparency regulations may be investigated and/or charged with a $10,000 fine.