Most bankruptcy is caused by overwhelming medical debt. There is a sad reason for this statistic, health insurance is costly and can be hard to obtain or understand. If you have a better understanding of it and some good advice though, you can win the war on your health insurance policy. Consider the following.
When you are choosing which health insurance plan you want, consider how healthy you and your family are. You may not foresee any major health issues and therefore choose a plan with lower premiums. While you can save some money now, it is a huge risk because a problem could develop, and then you will have to pay much more.
If you and your partner have been riding on a single health insurance policy and one of you is nearing retirement, sit down and have an open discussion about how that transition will occur. Coverages will change for the retired person and several alternatives are available. They can continue for a while through COBRA and afterwards, they can apply for a standalone policy if the premiums are not prohibitively high, but the important thing is to walk into those decisions proactively.
If you are a college student, check if your university offers a health insurance plan. University health insurance plans can be a great option if a student is no longer listed as a “dependent” under their parents’ plan. Students who are still listed as “dependent” under their parents should check to make sure they are not automatically charged for a university health plan. Doing research into these plans can help you save money on health insurance.
Take out insurance to protect yourself against financial ruin. Health insurance should be one of the highest financial priority on your list. Health problems are always a possibility and if health concerns arise, the cost of hospital bills alone could easily bankrupt someone who does not have health insurance.
When it comes time for re-enrollment with your health care plan, make sure to check and see what if anything has changed. Insurance companies change premiums, co-pays, and covered services on a frequent basis. Make sure you know exactly what has changed so you aren’t caught off guard.
Consider a low-cost plan if your job is not stable. Government health insurance policies will offer you the same coverage should you lose your job, but you have to cover the entire cost of the premium yourself. In tough times, make sure you can afford to pay your policy should you need to leave your workplace.
In terms of finding the most affordable health insurance for you and your family, it helps tremendously if you seek out some type of group policy. You can not only get in a group policy via your employer, but there are other options you can turn to, like extended family, in order to purchase large group policies.
Find out what the pre-existing condition limitations are before you cancel your current health insurance policy to enroll in another. You may find that any illnesses or disabilities that you have may not be covered if you change to a new provider. Check with your State Insurance Department to find additional information on insurances that will cover those pre-existing conditions.
Understand your state’s laws and regulations when looking for health insurance. Some states offer protection for people with pre-existing conditions, while others don’t. By knowing the rules, you will be sure to get the best health insurance possible.
As always, you want to keep yourself healthy and do what you can to stay away from injuries, but with the information given in this article, you can feel confident as you tackle all of your health insurance questions and needs. Everyone deserves to have good health insurance coverage.