NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- FAIR Health's consumer website marked another year as the preeminent site for consumers to access accurate, actionable healthcare cost estimates and health insurance information. In a time of flux in healthcare policy at the federal and state levels, the site continues to serve as a lighthouse to consumers at sea among high-deductible health plans, narrow networks and other potentially confusing aspects of the healthcare marketplace. To that end, FAIR Health offers five tips for consumers below.
Widespread Recognition The past year has been one of honors for the consumer site, which FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization, maintains as part of its mission to bring transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. In 2016, the site earned a place on Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best List as the "Best health care cost estimator." The site's mobile app version won a 2016 Gold award for Best Mobile Communications from the eHealthcare Leadership Awards—the fifth consecutive year that those awards honored the site or the app. FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd received a 2016 Dig|Benefits Technology Innovator Award sponsored by Employee Benefit News, citing her role in launching and directing the site and the app. FAIR Health's consumer offerings also garnered attention in 2016 from high-profile media outlets, such as Forbes, which recommended using FAIR Health's FH® Consumer Cost Lookup tool in one of its tips for saving on healthcare costs, and Trend Hunter, which lauded FH Cost Lookup CT, the Connecticut version of the FAIR Health app. This year's crop of awards join the honors previously received by FAIR Health for its consumer offerings, including recognition from the White House, AHRQ, URAC and AppPicker.