The Inside Scoop

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Charged for preventive care? Here's what might be happening.
When you use health care, your doctor has to communicate with your insurance carrier so they know exactly what was done and how to cover the service. The language they use is a series of codes—about 8,000 of them, in fact. While you don’t need to understand what they all mean, just knowing that they exist and asking questions can help make sure the coding is right. This is extra important for preventive care that should be covered at 100%.