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Good Faith Estimates (No Surprises)

If you are not billing insurance, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your mental health care will cost. Under a new federal law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not billing insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services. The main points of the law are:

  1. If you are not using insurance, you have the right to receive a good faith estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency services.
  2. While the law indicates that health care providers give you a Good Faith Estimate in writing before your medical service, it would of course be impossible to do this for psychotherapeutic services. There is no way to estimate expected costs before I have met you and we have identified your problem and services to be rendered.
    • You can find my session rates in the informed consent document every client signs as part of the intake process, so you will always know how much your session fee will be.
    • I will give you a Good Faith Estimate of anticipated services within the first few sessions as I have gotten to know you better.
  3. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
  4. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit