Every day, healthcare costs go up and up. No matter what type of healthcare coverage you seek or what company you choose, it seems the cost of insurance coverage increases every day as well. Even if your employer is footing part of the bill, it seems as if your payroll deductions for health care will eat up your paycheck. Here are some ideas to help you reduce the cost of healthcare insurance.
If you want to keep seeing your favorite doctors, make sure they are included in an insurance company’s provider network before you sign up. If not, you may have to pay extra to see them, if you even can. Don’t switch plans unless you are comfortable with the new plan’s physicians.
Get to know the three major types of health insurance policies: the HMO, the POS, and the PPO. Research these three types to find out how their coverage, policy rates and programs differ. Use this information to figure out which one would be best for you and your family.
To save money on your health insurance deductible, opt for generic prescriptions. This is especially helpful if your plan does not cover any medications. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as name brand, but they only cost up to pennies on the dollar in comparison. Stop overpaying for your prescription medications.
As long as your children are still living with you, they can now be covered by your insurance up until they are 26 years old (up from 19 pre-policy change). This means your family can now save more on health insurance premiums, so do not neglect to take advantage of this new law if your kids still live at home.
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.
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.
One obvious way to save money on health insurance is to dial your deductible up or down to meet your needs. For example, if you are healthy and have no dependents, you may prefer a high-deductible plan with lower premiums. Families and/or people who need more regular health care may prefer a lower-deductible plan since their annual health care costs will be higher.
In conclusion, people who are generally healthy can get by with insurance that has a higher deductible, so keeping yourself and your family healthy will obviously save you money on health insurance. By choosing health insurance with a higher deductible and being certain you have money to pay that deductible, you can save quite a bit on healthcare insurance. A Health Savings Account can help you save the money you need to have on hand for insurance deductibles.