The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes affordable quality health care for all Americans. The site provides expert perspectives on these issues in the form of briefings, transcripts and webinars, sourcebooks for journalists, toolkits, videos, and more.
BenefitsCheckUp is a free service supported by the National Council on Aging that helps patients locate benefits to help cover the costs of medications and health care. After answering a series of simple questions, users will receive a free report detailing any applicable assistance programs.
The Caring Voice Coalition offers outreach services that provide financial, emotional, and educational support for a variety of chronic diseases including Huntington's disease, narcolepsy, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic pain, among others.The site's resources are meant to put patients in touch with patient-assistance associations categorized by disease.
Consumer Reports dedicates a section of its website to covering health insurance topics including Medicare coverage, subsidies, navigating the loss of insurance coverage, picking plans, using health insurance, health news, and more.
eHealthInsurance provides an online commercial insurance enrollment service across multiple states, with tools for comparing different plan costs. The information is free but requires registration to connect with an insurance agent.
This website offers pricing information to estimate the expected costs of medical procedures and treatments by postal code. It also uses a formula to estimate out-of-pocket costs for insured patients. Consumers are limited to 20 searches per week.
Guroo, provided by the Health Care Cost Institute, is a free website that provides information about nationwide health costs. Consumers will also find helpful materials on procedure overviews and cost breakdowns, what to expect from certain procedures, questions to ask your physician, and how to prepare for treatment.
Healthcare Bluebook is a resource that offers snapshots of fair prices for medical procedures, tests, and services across the U.S. Premium access provides a breakdown of costs by individual fee.
The federal government manages this insurance site, which provides the most authoritative and readable information available regarding health insurance and health reform. It is available in several languages.
HealthInsurance.org is an online resource that provides information on obtaining health insurance outside of the federal exchange. By entering information like name, age, location, marital status, and income, users will be able to compare those policies most appropriate to their personal situation.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization that often partners with major news organizations to provide the public with up-to-date health policy analysis and journalism. The site features polls reflecting public sentiment regarding health care, unbiased coverage of medical debt, and news on the changing state of private insurance.
Medical Cost Advocate acts as a billing agent for the patient and helps consumers obtain a discount before or after a procedure or treatment. The service claims expertise in all health, medical, and dental procedures, and they earn a 35% commission on any savings.
This government-sponsored website is the definitive source for Medicare enrollment, costs, quality, and services. The site offers a variety of tools and materials including a provider-locator tool, claims and appeals assistance, insurance information, overviews of medical costs, and more.
This section of the Medicare website lists hospitals in every ZIP code and publishes information on how each hospital performs in meeting Medicare's quality and safety standards. This allows patients to compare hospitals across regions.
New Choice Health helps consumers find and compare pricing for local medical services, which may be limited depending on location. Users can search for specific procedures like "Brain MRI" and see estimated price ranges for local facilities based on the user's health insurance coverage. New Choice Health also facilitates virtual appointment-setting services.
The Medicare Rights Center ensures that older adults and people with disabilities have access to affordable health care, providing a number of free e-newsletters, training catalogues, and trusted outside resources.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance increases awareness of patient assistance programs designed to help mitigate the costs of prescription medications. For no fee, users can input their medications by name and, after providing some basic personal information, browse those assistance programs for which they are eligible. Completing the application process is as simple as downloading, filling out, and mailing off the appropriate applications.
This website, provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, is the premier site for resources on veteran-specific health care. The site covers general health information and explains the benefits and services available to military veterans who have been honorably discharged from duty.
U.S. News offers information on how to purchase health insurance in every state, along with a guide to Medicare plans for those over the age of 65.
USA.gov offers a fairly comprehensive overview of finding health insurance, with enrollment information for different government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and COBRA. There are also ample resources to help consumers manage the cost of medical bills and prescription drug costs. The site also serves as an entry point for many other federal agencies and services beyond heath care.