Benefits

Understanding freestanding emergency rooms

With the increasing number of freestanding emergency rooms (ERs) in Texas, it’s important to understand how they are different from the other health care providers, such as urgent care clinics.

Most freestanding ERs and the professionals who work at them are not affiliated with a hospital and are not in the HealthSelect of TexasSM or HMO networks. This means employees who visit those may pay much more out of pocket.

Please learn more by reading the article “Making sure your medical care is covered” in the March News About Your Benefits.

Planning ahead for emergencies and deciding where to go can make a big difference in how much you pay in medical care.

Source: ERS Coordinators Update Express (March 19, 2019)

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