Health insurance seems elusive and even terrifying to many people. However, it is easier than it looks to navigate all that red tape. Health insurance companies must outline their policies clearly, so familiarizing yourself with your insurance provider’s policies can help you maximize your benefits. This article will outline a few tips that will make this process easier.
Check your health insurance policy to make sure your spouse gets the same coverage you do
Some insurance companies will only provide the same coverage for your spouse if you pay a much higher premium. Search for a policy that offers you both the same benefits, for a price that you can afford.
Do not lie about anything when taking out a health insurance policy. It might be tempting to omit certain details. Resist the urge and be completely honest. A little white lie can make your entire policy useless. You do not want to find yourself stuck with the bill if you happen to get hospitalized and caught in a lie.
Understand copays and deductibles. Look at your plan carefully, and make sure you understand exactly what is covered, and what you are responsible for. The last thing you want is a health insurance plan that doesn’t cover what you need. Take into account how much you will have to pay for each doctor’s visit and what your initial deductible is before insurance kicks in.
Many people who are self-employed face a quandary about health insurance
They know they need to be covered in case of health emergencies, and yet the cost of health insurance for individuals is so high as to be prohibitive for many. Some people get around this by buying major medical coverage only. This type of policy has a very high deductible, covers no preventive care – however, it will cover situations where the person will require admission to a hospital.
Health insurance deductibles run out at the end of the calendar year. Therefore, if you have appointments to make for medical or dental, do everything you can to get that work done before December 31. Otherwise, the cost will be added on to the following year’s deductible. Some medical/dental offices will cut you a break and allow you to pay them in advance for work you need done early in the new year; ask if they will, and thank them if they offer it.
You need to take money with you when you go to see a doctor because you may have to pay a co-pay. A lot of insurance companies require customers to pay a small co-pay when they visit the doctor. It is typically not more than $50, but it must be paid at the time of the visit and most doctors require it to be paid before they will even see the patient.
Make a list of your priorities when it comes to health insurance. If you like a certain doctor you may want to look for providers that will include him or her. Maybe you don’t care who you see, and just want lower premiums. Everyone has different needs, so figure out exactly what you require before you contact any of the companies.
In preparation for changing health insurance policies, you need to take into account all of your medical care costs. This is especially true if you have a medical problem that requires renting or purchasing medical equipment such as oxygen tanks or wheel chairs. Figure out these expenses, both with coverage and without.
If you are going with a private insurance plan you should talk to your doctor about conditions in your file to make sure everything is up to date. Private insurances have the option of going back, up to 10 years to check your medical files for conditions you had prior to getting insurance through their company.
Before signing up for a health insurance plan, you should compare at least 3 different quotes with different companies, to make sure you are getting the best price available. Don’t bother with discount cards and indemnity plans, unless you absolutely, cannot get a full medical insurance plan and those are your only options.
It’s important to note an pre-existing medical conditions you may have when thinking about switching health insurance policies
Providers have a list of of what conditions they may not cover. Some conditions under some plans may still have a “waiting period” before coverage happens. These vary by policy. All providers have their own list of conditions. Find out from your potential plan what conditions they have listed and what the waiting period is for any you may have.
As you can see, simply knowing your insurance company is a useful tool in getting the best care possible. Doing your research really pays off in the long run, and asking questions can help you evade any surprise bills. You are responsible for your health, and knowing how to handle your insurance company is part of this!