Headscratchers: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois refer their insured people to us to save money on health care.
In a piece titled “Be the 1 in 5 who’s saving money,” the piece posted on these two sites explains how to save — by using, among other tools, our pricing list.
“Take 3 Steps
“To avoid paying more, there are three smart steps you can take.
- If possible, check on the prices before having imaging done. Call the customer service number on your member ID card and ask for suggestions for the lowest cost in-network imaging centers near you.
- If you are referred by a doctor, ask the doctor’s office to give you two or three options and make sure they are in your health plan’s network. While the place just down the road from your house may be convenient, it may not be the most affordable.
- You may have access to cost information* through Blue Access for Members, or you can use a public source like Clear Health Costs.”
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.