People are paying more of their health care costs these days. It’s no wonder there is a lot of interest in keeping these costs down.
A smart way to do this is to avoid using doctors and hospitals that are “out of network.” We do not have a contract for reduced rates with an out-of-network doctor or hospital. So you could end up with higher costs and more work.
There are many reasons you probably will pay more out of pocket:
With most plans, your coinsurance is higher for out-of-network care. Coinsurance is the part of the covered service you pay for (e.g. the plan pays 80% of the covered amount and you pay 20% coinsurance).
Plus, when you visit an out-of-network doctor, you handle precertification, if needed. This means more time and more paperwork for you.
Sometimes, you don’t have a choice about where you go for care. Like if you go to the emergency room for a heart attack. When you need this type of emergency care, some of our plans pay the bill as if you got care in network. For those plans, you pay cost sharing and deductibles based on your in-network level of benefits. You do not have to pay anything else. Other plans pay the bill differently. Under those plans, you may be responsible for more than your in-network cost sharing. The additional amounts could be very large.
To find out how emergency services are covered under your plan, look at your health plan document called “Certificate of Coverage” or “Summary Plan Description.” Or contact us at the number on your member card.
Before you decide where to receive care, look up your estimated costs. It’s easy with our cost of care tools. If you’re a member, log in to your secure Aetna Navigator® website to use these tools.
The plan you or your employer pick determines how much you pay for care out of the network. The exact amount depends on the:
Take a look at some examples of how your benefits pay for care.
Does your Aetna ID card have “NAP” on the front? That stands for National Advantage™ Program. And it has benefits for you:
Check your most recent ID card to see whether your plan has the program. Some plans that used to have NAP no longer have the program.
Did you choose to go to an out-of-network doctor or hospital, then get surprised with a very large bill? Sometimes a provider will allow you to pay a reduced fee. Sometimes they will work out a payment plan for you. You may be able to work this out with the provider by yourself. You also can get professional support. Here’s how that works.
You can get that support if you:
Note: This applies only if you voluntarily used your out of network benefits. If you went out of network in an emergency, contact us if the provider bills you.
As an Aetna member, you can get discounted services with a claims negotiating company. The company, the Karis Group, has been helping individuals with outstanding medical bills nationally since 1996.
For an affordable fee, the Karis Group will negotiate with the provider for you. They may be able to reduce the amount you owe or arrange a payment plan. They also may be able to qualify you for programs to resolve your balance due.
As an Aetna member, you will receive significantly discounted rates for these services. They can’t guarantee they will be successful. But if they don’t get any results for you, they will refund your fee.
Are you interested in this service? Here’s how you can learn more:
While Aetna has arranged for this discount for our members, we are not part of any agreements between our members and the Karis Group. We honor your privacy. We do not share our member information with the Karis Group.
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