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Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 7): Get the Most Out of Your Appointment


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As the new Federal deadline for signing up for health insurance fast approaches, many Americans are enrolling for the first time.

Whether you have had health insurance through an employer, through Medicare or are new to health insurance, this eight-part blog series, pulled from our Be a Prepared Patient resources, has information to help you understand how to pay for your care, how to interact with your doctor’s office and what preventive care you might need, much of which is provided free under the Affordable Care Act (visit this page from NPR for more FAQs on the Affordable Care Act).



How Can You Get the Most Out of Your Doctor's Appointment?

Once you've obtained insurance and scheduled an appointment, you may still have questions about how to interact with a new care provider. Doctor’s appointments are often brief, so maximizing your time by having key pieces of information ready can help you get the best care.

These resources and video help explain what steps you should take before, during and after a doctor’s appointment to make sure your clinician understands your medical concerns and you understand their suggestions for treatment…read more

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The Center for Advancing Health’s Be a Prepared Patient resources are designed to help you find good health care and  make the most of it. CFAH creates, reviews and collects these websites, blogs, patient stories and resources to help people benefit fully from their health care.

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