Do not approach health insurance with fear. It is true the field is complex and your options are many, but the more you learn, the safer you will feel. Health insurance is similar to healthcare itself. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By making smart choices when you select health insurance, you can avoid difficulties in the future.
If you just graduated from college, and you need health insurance, you have a couple of different options to think about. If you are employed, speak with your employer about their employee-based insurance. If you are younger than 26, you can still be covered by your parents, or you can research personal health insurance policies.
Open enrollment is a time for you to assess your health care needs. What worked in the past may not now, particularly if your personal health may have changed or if you added someone to your policy. Open enrollment offers you the ability to change vision and dental coverage, too, if you have that option.
Bear in mind that the costs for individual policies are usually higher than those of group insurance offered by employers. You might have to deal with a higher deductible or less coverage, or both. Compare the premiums, deductibles and coverages of multiple providers.
If you have a family history of needing vision correction, or if you have already been prescribed glasses or contacts, it’s important to include vision coverage in your health insurance plan. Some of your visits and eye care purchases, such as glasses or contacts, will be covered. Vision insurance is not something that you have to have, so it may cost you more to get the coverage.
It is wise to look over your prescription insurance plan at least once a year. Health insurance companies tend to change the medications they cover, so see to it that you read the contract’s fine print each time you re-enroll. If you take a medication daily that is not covered anymore by your insurer, you may need to find a new insurance company — fast.
Regardless of your prescription insurance plan, you can save more money at the pharmacy by requesting generic medications. Most drugs have generic counterparts which are much cheaper than the name brand. In addition, generic drugs are chemically the same as the name brand.
When you are looking to change health insurance plans be sure to verify that your current doctors will be covered, unless you do not mind having to change doctors. Check your new insurance provider’s website. Often, insurance companies post a list on their websites of doctors or health care facilities that accept their plans.
If your spouse is on your insurance and they have access to insurance with their employer, you will probably be imposed a surcharge. It may sometimes be more economical for you and your spouse to obtain individual insurance plans through your employers, so compare costs under both circumstances.
Don’t wait until you need your health insurance to find out what expenses your policy covers. Be prepared by knowing as much as you can about insurance and also by knowing all the choices you have. Not having an ironclad policy is simply a bad choice. Luckily, it is a choice that can be easily corrected.