Good Faith Estimate
As of January 2022, the federal “No Surprises Act” grants healthcare consumers the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much their medical and mental healthcare will cost. Under the law, health care providers, including psychotherapists, must give clients who do not have insurance or who are not using insurance, an estimate of the expected charges for treatment services.
The act also requires healthcare providers, including psychotherapists, to inform their clients of this right. Additionally, this act requires that information regarding the availability of a “Good Faith Estimate” must be prominently displayed on the website of all health care providers, including psychotherapists.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. As your therapist, I will always ensure that you are notified of your session fee prior to your appointment.
You can ask all of your health care providers, including your therapist and other providers from whom you seek treatment, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than the Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of the Good Faith Estimate.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, please visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises/.