You don’t have much if you don’t have your health. If you don’t have your health insurance in order, life can be a series of waiting for the other shoe to drop as you wait for an injury or illness that may or may not occur. If you need help in getting and understanding the world of health insurance, then read on for some great tips.
To make sure you have the best health insurance, don’t let your policy lapse while you’re looking for new coverage. If you lose your insurance for some reason, you may be eligible for COBRA. This is a government program designed to let you continue with your insurance until you can find a new policy.
Stay in your health care network, or be prepared for frustration. Health insurance companies sometimes provide strict limits on which doctors you can see and when. If you go outside of their network, to a doctor they do not have listed, they may refuse to pay for it. If they will pay for it, it may be a fiasco to get them to.
Make sure that you read the fine print before singing a contract for medical insurance. Otherwise, you may end up agreeing to terms that you do not like. If there are words in the contract that you do not understand, ask a family member or friend to help you or look it up on the internet.
Making sure that you renew your health insurance is extremely important, especially if you have children. Allowing your coverage to lapse is a bad idea. Accidents or illness can happen at any time, and most insurance companies will not allow you to come back with one of those evil “pre-existing conditions.”
Be aware that certain health insurance companies will not give you insurance if you have serious pre-existing conditions. This is because they look at you as a liability. If this happens, search the internet or ask family friends if they know of a health insurance company that will provide you with insurance.
Many people are not aware of this, but you should ask the insurance company that you are interested in if they have a testing period. Some companies will allow you to use their services for up to six weeks with no obligation. You can leave after the trial period if you are not satisfied.
Let’s spend a minute talking about the differences between an HMO and a PPO. HMOs are wellness-focused: they cover almost all preventive exams, their premiums are generally far lower, and your doctor will likely be chosen for you. PPOs, on the other hand, allow you to choose doctors from a PPO network; they do cost more; but on the other hand, they are more focused on treating and covering you when things go wrong, if that makes sense. So if you want to keep costs down and are very healthy, an HMO is your best bet. If you want to be sure your coverage is as high as possible no matter what the contingency, and are willing to pay more for it, a PPO is the right choice for you.
If you are fortunate enough to have an FSA or HSA (flexible spending account or healthcare spending account) as supplemental health insurance, be sure you are getting the maximum out of it. It can be challenging to figure out how much money you are going to spend in the next calendar year on noncovered expenses, but it’s worth the effort since that money is all pretax.
Look for a policy that has limitations to your out of pocket expenses, in the event of a catastrophic illness or injury. Catastrophic illnesses are the most costly and your out of pocket expenses can add up quickly. If your policy places a limit on your out of pocket expenses, it can have a positive effect on your financial situation.
When looking for a job, look for an employer that offers health insurance as a benefit. Make sure this coverage is enough for your needs, and consider applying for additional coverage if you believe you are going to need it. A slightly lower salary might be interesting if it comes with a great coverage that you are going to need.
Don’t let your old insurance lapse before your new insurance kicks in! At worse, you can sign up for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) to make sure that the insurance you had with your employer will continue to be available when your job ends and you’re laid off.
You should avoid policies that look like health insurance but are only after your money. For instance, you can find policies that will cover you only for cancer or a particular disease. In most cases, the definition of the disease is so limited that the odds of you getting the exact disease are very slim.
If you and your spouse work and both of your employers offer health insurance, make sure that you are only covered by one plan. There is no advantage to having dual coverage because you can seldom collect from both insurance plans. So there is no sense in paying the extra premium for second coverage.
No one should have to go without health insurance. The advice given to you in this article is an attempt to get everyone the information that they need to have quality and affordable insurance for themselves and their families. Here’s to your good health and good health insurance!