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Estimating health care costs is getting easier for our members

Health care costs can be overwhelming, especially for members enrolled in high-deductible health plans. That’s why we’re excited to offer a new, easy-to-use online medical cost transparency tool starting in January 2018 that members can use to find cost estimates for providers and hospitals in Harvard Pilgrim’s network.

It will be available to all members enrolled in our commercial products throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

How it works

When members log in to their account at www.harvardpilgrim.org, they can access the tool by clicking on the Estimate My Cost link. They can search for estimated costs by entering the name of a medical treatment or condition, and they can use the filter to narrow their search by provider name, specialty or facility.

Here are some of the tool’s unique features:

  • Members can easily find estimated cost estimates for approximately 800 services and procedures—from office visits to surgery—and they can plan for their out-of-pocket expenses before they receive care.
  • The cost sharing estimates are based on the member’s specific plan details, such as the deductible, coinsurance, copayments and out-of-pocket maximum.
  • It’s mobile-friendly, so they can access it from their phone, tablet or computer.
  • Members can see an A-to-Z listing of all the different medical services and procedures the tool covers. Plus, they can learn more about the medical condition or treatment they will be receiving.

By offering this tool, we can better engage members in understanding their health plan, health care costs and their health care in general.

Read our FAQs for more details. Your Account Executive will also have more information available in January, including a toolkit you can share with your employees to help communicate the benefits of the tool.