Shopping for health insurance is a bit like anticipating a root canal. No one particularly cares for it, but it has to be done. These tips should come in handy.
The minute people sit down and try to figure out what kind of health insurance they need, they find so many options they get confused. This is good news and bad news. Good news because many options mean a higher likelihood of finding a plan that suits the individual. The bad news is with all the options it becomes a cacophony of choices. Now is the time to talk to a licensed insurance broker who knows their stuff.
Shopping for health insurance often brings out the worst in people who get easily frustrated and all they really want to do is save money and time searching. To do that requires some homework before calling companies to find out what choices there are available. A first time shopper should be aware of the possible maximum out-of-pocket expenses they will be responsible for paying, which includes the deductible and the co-insurance with most carriers.
So, before spending any dollars, know the figures to work with first. The dollar coverage refers to the maximum that a person may spend in one year, for both in network and out of network medical costs. That is plain English for assessing the costs for co-insurance limits and deductibles.
This cannot be said often enough, always take the time to read the fine print on any health insurance policy. Here is an example of why that is a good thing to do. Say it looks like there is a super lifetime max for expenses over the span of an insurance policy. Take a figure of say just over $3 million. Sounds good on the surface, but ask what the fine print says. It may say there is a per incident/per year maximum and those limits supersede the lifetime maximums. Know what the policy says before spending one thin dime.
If being on a budget is necessary, then have that budget already worked out before shopping. Talk to several health insurance agents about the different plans available and ask about the comparisons between them. Make sure to mention budget constraints right up front, as this lets an insurance agent shop carriers for a good rate. It will also save time and money over the long-term.
One thing to note is if you are shopping around for health insurance plans and are asking about the “same” plan then you will get the “same” price no matter where you buy your health insurance. Go with a broker that handles more than one carrier, you will get better service that way.