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How Cost-Sharing Works in Health Insurance

How Cost-Sharing Works in Health Insurance

When you get medical care, you and your health plan share the costs. Your health insurance pays for some of the costs, and you pay for the rest. You will usually pay one, or more, of these:You pay a certain amount of money each month for your health insurance. This...

Don’t Fall for These Common Insurance Scams

Don’t Fall for These Common Insurance Scams

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OPIC’s 2021 Achievements

OPIC’s 2021 Achievements

OPIC worked hard for consumers this past year, analyzing over 1,100 rules, rates, and policy forms. We are a small, 10-person agency, but we did big things in 2021. We saved Texas consumers over $11.4 million last year alone, so for every $1 OPIC received from the...

Choosing Health Care Coverage When You Lose or Leave Your Job

Choosing Health Care Coverage When You Lose or Leave Your Job

When you lose or leave your job, you have several options to get health care coverage. Usually, you can: continue using your job-sponsored health coverage through COBRA; enroll in an individual policy through the federal health insurance marketplace; or choose...

Know Your Coverage: EHBs and Mandated Health Benefits

Know Your Coverage: EHBs and Mandated Health Benefits

Health benefits are regulated by both the federal government and individual state governments. The federal government requires that individual and small group plans cover certain Essential Health Benefits (EHBs). Federal Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) EHBs are...

Know Your Coverage: Telemedicine

Know Your Coverage: Telemedicine

What is telemedicine?  Telemedicine or telehealth is an increasingly popular way of getting health care because it allows people to get care without traveling to a doctor’s office or hospital. Telemedicine is a way of receiving medical care without actually traveling...

OPIC’s 2020 Achievements

OPIC’s 2020 Achievements

OPIC worked hard for consumers this year, analyzing over 1,400 rules, rates, and policy forms. We are a small, 10-person agency, but we did big things in 2020. We saved Texas consumers over $85 million this year alone. Here are some of our biggest achievements of...

OPIC’s 2019 Achievements

OPIC’s 2019 Achievements

OPIC has been working hard for consumers this year, analyzing over 2,100 rules, rates, and policy forms. We are a small, 10-person agency, but we did big things in 2019, saving Texas consumers over $41 million. Here are some of our biggest achievements: Negotiated an...

What You Need to Know About Medical Codes

What You Need to Know About Medical Codes

What Are Medical Codes? Medical codes are the way doctors and other healthcare professionals describe medical diagnoses and treatments. These codes are important for understanding how medical billing works and can affect what you pay and what is covered under your...

Know Your Coverage: Air Ambulances

Know Your Coverage: Air Ambulances

What is an air ambulance? Air ambulances are medical transport aircraft such as helicopters or airplanes that take patients to medical facilities. Like regular ground ambulances, air ambulances have medical equipment, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. An...