In addition to using the downloaded data to help them determine eligibility for an income tax deduction, having claims information in a data file or spreadsheet is helpful when selecting a health plan or when deciding how much to contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Aetna said in a news release.
The company claimed other uses include:
- maintaining and managing a permanent record of Aetna claims
- planning and budgeting for health care expenses
- sharing the information, such as a list of prescriptions, with a physician
- determining the total amount spent with one provider, on a specific service, or for the entire year.
“While Aetna members have long had the opportunity to view their claims activity on our website, this enhancement allows them to electronically ‘grab’ the information, save it in a file or spreadsheet, and sort it to best suit their individual needs,” said Chris Skelly, head of Health-related Financial Solutions for Aetna, in the news release. “This helps make the information much more relevant to consumers – particularly members of our consumer-directed plans — since it can help them better track, manage and budget for their health care spending and assist with tax reporting.”
More information is at www.aetna.com .