The new birth control law: Is it really free?

The new birth control law: Is it really free?

(Updated 2022) Free birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Really? For everyone? Well, maybe not. You might  have to wait until 2014. The Affordable Care Act’s stipulation that preventive services should be free went into effect in August 2012, and many  women were ready to pick up their free birth control. Indeed, the […]

Birth control pills: Sorting kinds and costs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Birth control pills: Sorting kinds and costs

(Updated 2022) Birth-control pills come in what looks like a bewildering collection of names for the lay person. Tri-Sprintec, Tri-Lo-Sprintec? Why do some have 21, 24, 28 in their names? Yikes. And … what do they cost? Here’s a handbook on birth-control pill types. For further price information, see our preceding posts about birth-control pricing […]

Indies or chains? Find the lowest birth control price

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Indies or chains? Find the lowest birth control price

(Updated 2022) As we wrote in an earlier blog post on birth control prices, when you need to fill a prescription, it pays to shop around. What do birth control pills cost? Prices can vary a little or a lot. Compare big box pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS, Costco or Walgreens, with the little […]

How much does birth control cost? $9 to $63, or $68 to $184

How much does birth control cost? $9 to $63, or $68 to $184

(Updated 2022) The cost of birth control pills can vary greatly. Sometimes the cost is free if covered by your insurance — but it can also be much more expensive if you’re paying cash (we saw $184 for one). They can actually in some cases be more expensive if you have insurance! Covered by insurance […]

California, and L.A., offer options to help those in need of health care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

You learn a lot about state-by-state health care when collecting prices as we do. Socioeconomics, demographics, geography – all of these things can make a huge difference in cash-pay prices for health care procedures and commodities. One thing we learned while collecting prices in the greater Los Angeles area is that there are a surprising […]

Ask. Always. ‘How much will that cost?’ ‘What’s included?’

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

When in doubt? Ask. Not in doubt? Ask anyway. We can’t reiterate enough how important it is to ask about health care prices before purchasing. Whether you’re completely in the dark, have a hunch that you know, or had the secretary tell you “it’s covered” – ask anyway. This doesn’t just apply to the question […]

An accident and the consequences: Uninsured in Los Angeles

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We’re inviting people to share their stories of the health-care marketplace. Here’s one, as told to Elizabeth Celms. While these stories talk a lot about insurance, this site is generally about price transparency — and of course, insurance and price transparency have a lot of overlap. The number of uninsured people is around 50 million in […]

Retail clinics and membership medical: Different models for health care

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SUMMARY: Retail clinic health care, direct primary care and membership medical — what happened to the old doctor’s office? Things have changed: New practices include walk-in clinics and urgent-care locations; their rise is a response to changes in the marketplace. We help you sort it all out. Read on for details, or … CLICK HERE FOR […]

Telehealth: Another alternative to walk-in care

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SUMMARY: Recently we discussed a number of options for walk-in care, comparing urgent-care centers with primary care and retail medicine with membership medical groups. To read that blog post, click here. Well now we have another option to throw in the basket: Telehealth. Read more, or … CLICK HERE FOR PRICES     Elizabeth Celms

What vaccines do people need? Where can you get vaccines?

Where can I get vaccinated? Does insurance cover vaccinations? How much does an out-of-pocket vaccination cost? As of September 2010, the Health Care Reform Law requires insurance companies to cover certain preventive treatments, including general vaccinations, although in reality there are many “yes, but….” subtleties and some “grandfathered” insurance plans are exempt from this law. […]