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At True North Advisory Services, we believe there's no such thing as too much information when it comes to making sound decisions about your healthcare coverage options. That's why we have compiled a page of some of the most helpful healthcare tools and resources from around the web all in one place. If you like comparing apples-to-apples and believe that knowing the value of something BEFORE you buy it is a good idea, this page is for you.  

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Medicare Plan Finder

To search for Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans available in your area, click on this separate link:

To search and compare Medicare Advantage & Prescription Drug Plans available in your area, please visit the Medicare plan finder tool by clicking the below button.

Go to Medicare Advantage 

& Part D Plan Finder

Medicare Easy Pay

Medicare Easy Pay is a free, electronic payment option for anyone who gets a quarterly bill for their Medicare Part A & B premiums from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Beneficiaries can elect to pay their premiums from a checking or savings account on a monthly basis and may enroll at any time by mailing a completed Authorization Agreement. 

 To learn more, or to obtain a copy of the Authorization Agreement for Pre-Authorized Payments, please click the below link.

Go to Medicare Easy Pay

Medicare Sta​r Ratings

The Medicare Program uses a 5-Star rating system to measure how well Medicare Advantage and prescription drug (Part D) plans perform in several categories each year, including quality of care and customer service. 

Ratings range from 1 to 5 stars, with one being the lowest score and five being the highest. The overall star rating provides a way for consumers to not only know how well a plan is doing, but also compare its performance against other plans.  

To learn more about the Medicare Star-Ratings program, please visit using the below link. 

Go to Star-Ratings Info

Benefits Check-Up

BenefitsCheckUp is a free, secure and comprehensive tool offered by the National Council on Aging. Based on your zip code and other demographic information, their website will search over 2,500 federal, state, and private benefit programs, for help paying for anything from utilities, housing and medications, to transportation, food, veterans services and tax relief. 

 To get started or visit their website, please click on the link below.

Go to Benefits Check-Up

Healthcare Bluebook

 If you have a health plan with a co-insurance % for certain outpatient or surgical procedures, or are thinking about signing up for one in the future, Healthcare Bluebook can give you a ballpark estimate of what a particular procedure or service may cost. Simply enter your zip code and the procedure, test or service you're inquiring about, and Healthcare Bluebook will show you the fair price for the service, as well as the rates for nearby facilities. To get started, visit the Healthcare Bluebook website below:

Go to Healthcare Bluebook

Hospital Transparency & Watchdog Groups

According to a September 2017 Wall Street Journal Report, many hospitals cited for safety violations still retain their accreditation, putting consumers at risk. is a website run by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) that aims to make federal hospital inspection reports easier to access, search and analyze. The site includes details about deficiencies cited during complaint inspections at acute-care, critical access or psychiatric hospitals throughout the United States since Jan. 1, 2011. To learn more or visit the AHCJ's consumer website, click here.

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value-based purchasing. To learn more about how the hospitals near you rank in terms of inpatient care management, medication safety, maternity care, infections & injuries please visit their website by clicking here.

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Prescription Price Comparison Tools


GoodRx is a prescription discount program honored at more that 70,000 U.S. pharmacies. Visit their website to look up the cost of your medications at various neighborhood pharmacies to see if the GoodRx price is better than the copay though your prescription plan. If it is, consumers can use the GoodRx coupon instead of their insurance. Note that Rx discount cards are an either-or proposition, meaning that you can use either your insurance plan to pay for the medicine, or the Coupon card, not both. To visit the GoodRx website, please go to:

Blink Health

Blink Health is another online prescription discount program offering lower negotiated price on over 15,000 medications. The Blink service model is slightly different than that of GoodRx, and consumers pay online prior to picking up their prescription.  To learn more about how the Blink Health program works or search for participating medications, please visit their web at

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