If you’re looking for affordable health insurance, the best place to search is online. Sure, you could make a lot of phone calls to various insurance agencies and ask questions. However, many people find that to be confusing, as there is a vast amount of information you need to tell the agent, and the agent needs to tell you. This is one of the main reasons why shopping online with a list of your needs firmly in hand will take some of the hassle out of the process.
You could also use your list if you wanted to talk to an agent directly, for the personal touch. Some people prefer to speak to someone “live” as they feel they get a better sense of whom the person is, how well they know their products and whether or not they would feel comfortable buying a policy from them. Others prefer to set their budget, make out their complete list of items needed and hit the Internet. Getting online quotes gives the shopper the time to digest all the information they have gathered and then have intelligent questions when they do a phone follow up.
But back to costs for a moment. Americans are well aware of the costs of health care these days. However, for the most part, this is an abstract awareness. It does not truly hit home until they need health care, say an overnight stay in the hospital, and their jaw drops when they get the bill in the mail later. A one night stay typically amounts to a few thousand dollars. If you stay longer for extensive care and rehabilitation, you may lose your home if you do not have health insurance. Scary? You bet it is.
So why is it that millions of Americans do not have health insurance? There are usually two reasons cited: they can’t afford it and they can’t find affordable health insurance. Frankly, people can’t afford not to have health insurance. It’s the only buffer you have against going bankrupt if you need medical care. As for not being able to find affordable health insurance, that is a myth. There are all kinds of policies out there, and the pricing these days is competitive. In short, there is something out there for everyone, no matter what your budget. Best to get it now before you must get it in 2014.
Maybe you think your employer, if you still have a job, should be offering medical insurance. At one time, they did. It was a benefit. Then with rising costs, they cut back on offering health insurance to workers, or discontinued it entirely. Those without jobs are between a rock and a hard place and are scared to invest what money they may have left in health insurance. That is the smartest move you could make. It is a choice of being covered or facing bills so large you will never be able to pay them off. In short, scrimping now to save later when you most need it only makes good sense.
Clelland Green is with Benepath.com, a leader in providing health insurance quotes. Benepath provides individuals, families, and businesses with affordable health insurance quotes in just a few mouse clicks. To learn more, visit http://www.benepath.com.